Canterbury DHB


Organisation – NZBS and B6

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 now located at 15 Lester Lane. 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 to 40 patients under the care of the Haematology Unit currently receive regular blood transfusions every 2 to 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. Find out 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 B6 "Premeds Required" sticker on the patient's blood product consent form.

Note: In the case of febrile non-haemolytic transfusion reactions, there is no evidence to support pre-medication with antipyretics such as paracetamol. In the case of recurrent (mild-moderate) allergic reactions, pre-medication with antihistamines +/- corticosteroids is advised.

About this Canterbury DHB document (5097):

Document Owner:

Steve Gibbons (see Who's Who)

Last Reviewed:

June 2019

Next Review:

June 2022


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Topic Code: 5097