Canterbury DHB


Organisation – NZBS and BMTU

Blood Transfusion services are provided by the New Zealand Blood Services. In Christchurch they have two sites. The Blood Donor Centre processing and accreditation facilities are located at 87 Riccarton Road. The Blood Bank (Crossmatching Laboratory) is on the Lower Ground Floor of Christchurch Hospital. Tissue typing is now done in Auckland.

Product information and clinical guidelines are available in the:

Some 30–40 patients under the care of the Haematology Unit currently receive regular blood transfusions every 2–6 weeks. They may be transfused in the Day Ward, Medical Day Stay, or as inpatients if unsuitable for outpatient care.

A single consent for ongoing transfusion covers repeated transfusion treatment for the condition and associated complications. Ascertain pre-medication requirements before organising the blood transfusion.

Should the patient require pre-medication, document it in their notes and on the consent form, so that information is available when the patient next presents. Place a BMTU ‘Premeds Required’ sticker on the patient's blood product consent form.

See NZBS guidelines for adverse transfusion reactions.

About this Canterbury DHB document (5097):

Document Owner:

Steve Gibbons (see Who's Who)

Issue Date:

August 2014

Next Review:

August 2016


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Topic Code: 5097