Since becoming operational in January 2014, Shropshire and Staffordshire Blood Bikes has made its one hundredth urgent delivery in support of Shrewsbury and Telford Hospitals NHS Trust (SaTH), providing a free of charge out-of-hours delivery service.
The rider tasked with the mission was Howard Jones from Telford, directed by volunteer controller Gary Chantry who lives is Stone, Staffordshire, to collect a blood sample from PRH Telford and deliver it to the Pathology Laboratory at the RSH Shrewsbury for testing.
Howard Jones said: “We knew we were close to completing our one hundredth operational ride and there was a lot of competition between the volunteer riders to see who would get the ‘shout’ to make the delivery and I was on duty that morning riding the group’s marked Yamaha FJR 1300 motorcycle.”
SSBB Chairman Chris Powdrill said: “The delivery of a blood sample to RSH is typical of the urgent deliveries our volunteer Blood Bike riders have made since we commenced operations on the 22nd January.
“All our volunteer riders have passed an Advanced Motorcycle Test and are all independently assessed by an ex-Police Motorcycle Instructor before being qualified to ride for the Blood Bikes service.
Sheila Fryer, Business Manager for Pathology at The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust, said: “Blood Bikes has provided an excellent service for the Trust since launching in January this year, and we would like to again thank everyone involved for all of their efforts with the first 100 call-outs.
“Our partnership with Blood Bikes helps to ensure that urgent blood and other urgent specimens are processed in a timely and effective manner. Blood Bikes’ rapid response is vital, helping us to deliver an essential service to individual patients and the communities we serve. We look forward to a long and beneficial partnership with Blood Bikes and the great service they provide.”