Approximately 147,000 units of blood are collected every year in New Zealand.
Autologous blood donations are a method by which a patient donates their own blood which will later be used for themselves. Prior to donation, the patient must be evaluated by their own doctor or surgeon to be sure it is safe for them to donate. Depending on the health of the individual, autologous donations can be given four times in four weeks and up to seven days before scheduled surgery. This service may not be available in all areas.
Please note that there is a charge for this service.
As with any treatment, you have the right to decide whether you want to have the treatment or not. You will be asked to sign a consent form to show that the risks, benefits and alternatives for an autologous donation and transfusion have been explained to you, that you have been able to ask any questions and you agree to receive the treatment.