Welcome to Blood Bikes Cumbria
Blood Bikes Cumbria is a Registered Charity 1159026 established by local volunteers formed as medical courier service to deliver essential blood and urgent medical supplies out of hours for the North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust between premises in North and West Cumbria and hospitals/laboratories in the Newcastle area.
Saving money for the NHS…
Outside normal office hours, hospitals rely on taxis or couriers to transfer urgent medical supplies or test samples between hospitals and other sites. Blood Bike groups, across the country, offer to carry out this service free of charge, ensuring the limited resources of the NHS can be used where it makes a difference. Blood Bikes Cumbria funding comes entirely from charitable donations and the service is provided solely by volunteers, giving their own free time to help others.
In critical situations, blood or other medical items need to be delivered urgently in order to save a patient’s life. Blood Bikes Cumbria, with their distinctive livery and narrow profile, can quickly get through busy traffic to reach their destination. For bulky items, or in extreme weather conditions. We use cars to ensure our service is available every day of the year.
We are always looking for support from local businesses that have the vision to see the benefits of our service. When an organisation sponsors us their name will also appear on all our literature as supporters.
We are always looking for volunteers who can offer their spare time to help us grow and carry on our service and as there is no minimum commitment level, whatever time you have; a few hours or a few days every month there will be something for you to do. To comply with the terms of our insurance cover riders and drivers need to have a qualification in advanced riding/driving.
‘Charity of the Year’ Partner’
Following another successful year of operating a Charity of the Year initiative, Reays Coaches have selected Blood Bikes Cumbria as their new charity partner from January 2019.
|Total Mileage (miles)||108,380|
|Blood on board (BoB) runs||364|
|Extra runs (call outs)||165|
Statistics 2019 to date
|Total Mileage (miles)||73,347|
|Blood on board (BoB) runs||212|
|Extra runs (call outs)||226|
Our aim is to provide an out-of-hours, emergency transport service to the North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust, delivering blood and urgent items to the hospitals in North & West Cumbria.
Blood Bikes Cumbria Patron
We are delighted to announce that Val Armstrong of Radio Cumbria has agreed to be the patron for Blood Bikes Cumbria.
Without their support we wouldn’t be able to offer our services. New partners are always welcome.
It’s about saving lives and saving money
Blood Bikes provide out-of-hours transport 365 days of the year to transport urgently needed blood, drugs, human tissue and other medical requirements between hospitals and blood transfusion banks. We also supply the Great North Air Ambulance Service with fresh blood for their blood-on-board service every day of the week regardless of weather conditions.
In doing so we help the NHS Trusts to make financial savings in line with government targets by reducing their transport costs. Normally they employ local taxi firms at commercial rates.
This is all accomplished by volunteers that give up their time to help. No one in the group gets paid. We have a dedicated fleet of liveried vehicles to carry out emergency transfers with blue lights and two tones.
All volunteers that wish to ride motorcycles have to undergo special training for health and safety, a riding assessment and advanced training to ride for us. We also have dedicated dispatchers that take the calls and allocate the work.
We are looking for support from local business that has the vision to see the benefits of our service. When an organisation sponsors us their names will also appear on all our literature as supporters.