Rotary Meetings

Guest Speaker

Thursday 2nd Feb 2017 | Steward: Paul White / Dave Lewis

North West Blood Bikes Lancs and Lakes provide Emergency Service.

At the meeting on 2nd February club members welcomed Steve Dunstan a volunteer of the

North West Blood Bikes Lancs and Lakes. 

NHS transport facility closes at 6pm and prior to 1981, and the start of the service offered by Blood Bikes, taxis were used to provide emergency services after this time and throughout the night. Blood bikes is the informal name for a type of emergency medical service in the United Kingdom and Ireland. Volunteers provide an unpaid motorcycle courier services to hospitals and other healthcare providers, to help with the transport of urgent blood, tissue organs, patient notes and samples from path labs. Blood bikes have been in operation in England since 1962. They volunteer from 7pm-2am during the week and do a 24hr service at weekends covering the area from Barrow in Furness in the north to Manchester in the south. When required they work in relays down the length of the U.K. The success of the service is dependent on a large and dedicated back-up team a hugely important part of which are the fundraisers. There are now 26 groups in the country.

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