Who are we?
Formed in 2013,
Nottinghamshire Blood Bikes are a registered Charity, made up entirely of unpaid volunteers.
We're managed by a Committee, overseeing the effective running of our core services, with many also being Trustees.
However, being voluntary doesn't mean we're amateurs!
Our service provision to the NHS is every bit as good as any other service they might be able to use, and often - dare we say it? - perhaps even better!
Our riders and drivers undergo regular, documented training, ensuring the safe and effective transportation of vital items such as blood products, patient samples, medical files, surgical equipment, medication and much more...
Although it's not true of every single NHS facility, many hospitals have some form of internal transport.
However, the cost of providing cover 24hrs a day, 365 days a year is pretty much a non-starter.
Where it does exist, it might only be one vehicle at times.
As such they also tend to use taxis to cover the individual requirements outside of core hours, or when there's just too much for the vehicles on duty to cope with.
If we didn't exist, there would not only be a substantial cost involved in the use of those taxis, but the level of service itself could lead to operational issues.
Ever used a taxi before?
Left waiting for it to arrive or maybe even left stranded?
Well, it's not much different even when you're a hospital..!
Our vehicles exist for one reason only - to serve the NHS.
When a call is made to us, we can despatch a rider or driver immediately, and we've got no other pressing workloads to get through first.
We're also highly trained, carry specialist equipment, and we know the hospital locations and department entry points like the back of our hand.
It's no wonder we're in such demand!
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