Volunteer blood bikers save East Lancashire NHS thousands

Lancashire Telegraph: Volunteer blood bikers save East Lancashire NHS thousands Volunteer blood bikers save East Lancashire NHS thousands

VOLUNTEER motorcyclists are transporting blood samples between hospitals in East Lancashire, saving the NHS thousands per year.

Bosses at the Royal Blackburn and Burnley General hospitals said The North West Blood Bikes charity could save their pathology department up to £20,000 per year, by cutting their use of out-of-hours taxis.

The charity began working across Lancashire and the Lakes in 2012, although the project was slow to get off the ground at East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust (ELHT).

But Paul Brooks, chairman of NWBB Lancs and Lakes, said the trust’s new pathology manager, Jeff Cottam, kick-started the scheme last month.

He said: “Jeff got everyone on board straight away and we then went full bore. We have at least two runs every night and 10 to 12 every day at the weekend for ELHT.”

The bikers transport blood samples and medical records between hospital sites, while pharmacy teams are also expected to use the service.

Mr Brooks added: “We currently have 224 volunteers in six areas [who] receive no payment and are not reimbursed with expenses.

“I have to say, it is sometimes worrying whether we can keep up, but we do.

“It’s frightening to see how much the NHS has wasted on taxis and courier services. At a very conservative estimate based on a £40 taxi ride, we have saved our local hospitals in excess of £135,000 in the 20 months we have been running.”

Mr Cottam said: “When I first heard about the North West Blood Bikes I could not believe they volunteer their services for free. “Dedication like this is truly a rarity.

“Pathology currently spends £20,000 each year on an out-of-hours taxi service. However, due to the dedication of the blood bike volunteers this money can now be utilised to improve our services further to the benefit of our patients and the local community.”

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7:07pm Fri 10 Jan 14

Chuck-Norris says...

Unbelievable - and yet we waste millions on foreign aid / pointless inquests / useless departments ?!??
Hats off to you Mr Brookes and your team
Unbelievable - and yet we waste millions on foreign aid / pointless inquests / useless departments ?!?? Hats off to you Mr Brookes and your team Chuck-Norris

7:36pm Fri 10 Jan 14

leyton says...

and do you think this does any good ?they spend this much and more renting pictures to hang on the boardroom walls.
and do you think this does any good ?they spend this much and more renting pictures to hang on the boardroom walls. leyton

8:31pm Fri 10 Jan 14

pwitch says...

I am so glad they are doing this. I told the last chairman about the bikers at a meeting last year at Burnley town hall and he said he would look into it. Well done to the bikers and thanks on behalf of the public for your services.
I am so glad they are doing this. I told the last chairman about the bikers at a meeting last year at Burnley town hall and he said he would look into it. Well done to the bikers and thanks on behalf of the public for your services. pwitch

7:19am Sat 11 Jan 14

Pgbronco says...

pwitch wrote:
I am so glad they are doing this. I told the last chairman about the bikers at a meeting last year at Burnley town hall and he said he would look into it. Well done to the bikers and thanks on behalf of the public for your services.
Thank you. All we ask is the suport of the publc.
Paul Brooks (Chairman NWBB Lancs & Lakes)
Email: chairman@nwbb-lancs.
org
[quote][p][bold]pwitch[/bold] wrote: I am so glad they are doing this. I told the last chairman about the bikers at a meeting last year at Burnley town hall and he said he would look into it. Well done to the bikers and thanks on behalf of the public for your services.[/p][/quote]Thank you. All we ask is the suport of the publc. Paul Brooks (Chairman NWBB Lancs & Lakes) Email: chairman@nwbb-lancs. org Pgbronco

6:16pm Sat 11 Jan 14

Stewrx8 says...

Well done all in East Lancs Blood bikes, from an Accy lad who "emigrated" to Essex and volunteers with the Essex Blood Runners. Keep up the good work.

Stewart Dunbar

Stewrx8@gmail.com
Well done all in East Lancs Blood bikes, from an Accy lad who "emigrated" to Essex and volunteers with the Essex Blood Runners. Keep up the good work. Stewart Dunbar Stewrx8@gmail.com Stewrx8

8:45pm Sat 11 Jan 14

mavrick says...

Should we be depending on the goodwill of these kind souls. This is a vital service, surely it could be coordinated so it could be done by one or two vans on a regular round, with emergencies being covered by the bikers with some recompense for their fuel and time.
Should we be depending on the goodwill of these kind souls. This is a vital service, surely it could be coordinated so it could be done by one or two vans on a regular round, with emergencies being covered by the bikers with some recompense for their fuel and time. mavrick

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