Good Evening All
As many of our supporters may know, there have been changes afoot at Stafford Hospital and the NHS trusts in Staffordshire more generally. The result of this is that the University Hospital of North Staffordshire (UHNS) and Stafford Hospital are now working very closely with each other.
Last week, Chris Powdrill and Paul Willis of SSBB (Chairman and Vice Chairman respectively) attended meetings with managers of both hospitals. From these meetings UHNS has issued a very positive response:
“University Hospital of North Staffordshire is currently exploring the opportunity to work together with the volunteer Shropshire and Staffordshire Blood Bikes service, which could offer the hospital a valuable out of hours service by transporting urgent blood samples between hospitals, free of charge. A very positive initial meeting has taken place between the Pathology Directorate and the local Blood Bikes representatives to identify the potential for this service. Further meetings are planned to progress this.”
This represents a further opportunity for volunteers in and around Stoke, Stafford, Newcastle, Stone and the surrounding areas to get involved with Shropshire & Staffordshire Blood Bikes. We encourage those interested to contact us via the website, email, Twitter or Facebook.
This is great news for the service and further cements our commitment to Staffordshire following news of the Burton Hospitals NHS Foundation taking up our service last month! Actual operational duties at Burton are likely to begin next month with UHNS and Stafford coming on board later a few months after that!