North West Blood Bikes
We are delighted to receive support from the North West Blood Bikes charity. North West Blood Bikes provides a voluntary out of hours transport for urgent and emergency blood, blood derivatives, samples, donor breast milk for premature babies, doctors notes, and theatre equipment, in fact anything that can be carried by motorcycle, between hospitals.
North West Blood Bikes provides this support through the night, at weekends and bank holidays, enabling hospital funding to be better spent on patient care.
The blood bikers work on a voluntary basis but fundraise to contribute towards feet maintenance and fuel costs.
North West Blood Bikes and us - our 5th Anniversary
We are proud to be celebrating our five year relationship with North West Blood Bikes. We were the first trust to work with the North West Blood Bikes and the collaboration has gone from strength to strength.
North West Blood Bikes provide a voluntary out of hours transport for urgent and emergency blood, blood derivatives, samples, donor breast milk for premature babies, doctor’s notes, and theatre equipment - in fact anything that can be carried by motorcycle, between hospitals.
We were the first trust to start working with the group back in 2012 and the volunteer service has continued to grow and expand ever since. Karen Partington, Chief Executive, said: “We made the innovative decision to combine the voluntary sector into our health delivery team and it has been incredibly successful. We are now working with other areas of the UK to share details of the way we work as many other NHS trusts want to follow in our footsteps.”
Maria Burn, Pre Analytics Manager for Pathology, said: “Back in 2012 we came up with the innovative idea to use volunteers to transport emergency items, it was something that had never been done before and it has been an incredible success. We were the first NHS trust to use this service and now it has been extended all across the North West, and other areas of the UK are looking to launch a similar service. The kind volunteers who give up their time free of charge are an extremely valuable part of our team and they make a real difference to the lives of our patients. This scheme ensures that our hospitals receive the supplies they need quickly and reliably and it means we have been able to save in excess of £30,000 by not having to pay for emergency out of hours transport.”
Paul Brooks, founder, chairman and trustee of North West Blood Bikes for Lancashire and the Lakes, said: “Once other hospitals heard about what we were doing for both Royal Preston Hospital and Chorley District Hospital, they contacted Maria to find out if what we said was true. We now cover 5 hospital trusts, covering 3,000 square miles, and it all started at Preston and Chorley. There is no doubt that what we do not only helps save costs but also, and more importantly helps save lives.”
We made the innovative decision to combine the voluntary sector into our health delivery team and it has been incredibly successful.