SABTS blood bank
Services offered

Blood donated at this unit gets sent to Johannesburg where it is processed and then returned.

When blood is needed for a patient, a compatibility test is done before the blood is given to the patient, a procedure which can be done within 10 to 30 minutes.

The Arwyp Medical Centre is the only hospital in Ekhuruleni to offer such a facility to its patients, ensuring them the best medical care

Contact details
The blood bank is situated on the ground floor with its entrance in Central Street.

Contact numbers: 011 922 1103, 011 970 4194

fax: 011 394 4540

The South African National Blood Service blood bank at Arwyp Medical Centre
The South African National Blood Service is a not-for-profit organisation which is mandated to collect blood from voluntary donors, process and test the blood and then return it in different forms to blood banks situated within various private and public hospitals. SANBS operates in centres across South Africa.

Blood is used for accident victims, childbirth and gynaecological procedures, as well as ongoing scheduled patient treatments. According to SANBS, at least 3000 units of blood are needed daily to meet the demands of hospitals and patients in South Africa.
Arwyp Medical Centre has a National Blood Service blood bank housed within the Centre and there is a donor clinic situated in nearby Central St.  The blood bank supplies blood products to the hospital as well as the Lenmed Hospital in Benoni and Edenvale Hospital. Blood is delivered to Lenmed and Edenvale with the use of purpose-designed temperature controlled hampers.
According to Kagiso Moroke, a medical technologist based at Arwyp Medical Centre, Arwyp Medical Centre consumes in the region of 13 units of blood a day.
‘The blood bank has a range of blood products, suited to meet the needs of a range of patients. Examples include red cell concentrate, (given to patients with low haemoglobin concentration) fresh and frozen plasma (typically given to patients with low iron or with clotting factors).
‘It is a very exacting job being a medical technologist in a blood bank as the integrity of the supply chain has to be maintained at all times. Red cell products, for example have to be stored at temperatures between 1˚C - 6˚C, while platelets products should be used immediately after issue and not be refrigerated,’ she said.


Facts about blood  (Source: SANBS)
Your body replaces liquid donated within 24 hours through fluid intake.
Every time your heart beats, 20% of your heart’s output goes directly to your brain, carrying oxygen vital for survival. Between 40 and 45% of your blood is made up of red blood cells that carry this oxygen. The remaining 55 to 60% is plasma, a small proportion of white blood cells (which defend your body), clotting factors and platelets.
If every capillary, vein and artery in your body were placed end to end, they would cover a distance of 150 000 kilometres.
The average volume of blood in an adult body is 4 to 5 litres, or about 8% of the body weight.