SSBB Launch Service for RJAH Oswestry!

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Well Good Evening SSBBers!

SSBB has signed a SLA (Service Level Agreement) with the Robert Jones and Agnus Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust at Oswestry, with the out of hours service commencing on 1st November. Concluding the agreement with Director of Nursing and Service Delivery, Jane Downey, and Assistant Director, Julie Roberts, SSBB Chair Chris Powdrill said: “This marks yet another significant milestone in the development of the Blood Bikes charity and is a welcome addition to the emergency delivery services we already provide for Shropshire and Telford Hospitals NHS Trust”.

SSBB will be organising familiarisation visits to RJAH Oswestry for its volunteer emergency riders over the next couple of weeks (Please see details listed below), with the majority of the urgent deliveries operating between RJAH and RSH in Shrewsbury.

RJAH Is the leading orthopaedic centre of excellence in our region. The specialist hospital provides a comprehensive range of musculoskeletal (Bone, joint and tissue) surgical, medical and rehabilitation services.

SSBB is not the first motorcycle service to operate from RJAH as a picture in the the hospital shows an After Care Nursing Sister in 1920 using a Levis two stroke motorcycle manufactured by Butterfields in Birmingham, to visit patients in the outlying villages.

The start of the Oswestry service follows the recent news that deliveries are also commencing for UHNS (To be renamed Royal Stoke University Hospital) and Stafford Hospital (to be renamed the County Hospital, as part of the University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust from November). With the recent addition of deliveries for Burton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, this brings the number of strategic NHS Trust areas covered by SSBB to three.

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RJAH Familiarisation Rides

We do need to be ready to operate the service from 1st November as part of the existing Shropshire rota  for riders. To assist the learning process, we have arranged for familiarisation runs on the following dates:

Saturday 1st November (Familiarisation Ride No.1)
RJAH Oswestry SY10 7AG. Meet 10:00 at Main Entrance. If attending please complete Doodle poll at  http://doodle.com/cgvwxitbet7k5ymy#table

Saturday 8th November (Familiarisation Ride No.2)
RJAH Oswestry SY10 7AG. Meet 10:00 at Main Entrance. If attending please complete Doodle poll at http://doodle.com/cgvwxitbet7k5ymy#table

On arrival, please park in the marked delivery bays and meet in the Café just inside the Main Entrance. We will show you the out of hours parking and access point, and the collection desk (17). We will then ride via the A5 to RSH and on to Battlefield, Shrewsbury where we will have some new secure storage facilities for the group bikes to show you. For those who need a refill of caffeine, we will finish at around 12:00 at Starbucks on the A49/A53 roundabout at Battlefield.

The rides will be escorted by Steve C and Roy B.

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RJAH Oswestry 2   RJAH Oswestry 1

SSBB at RJAH

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