Tipperary appeal: Blood Bike hospital service seeks volunteers

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Tipperary appeal: Blood Bike hospital service seeks volunteers

At University Hospital Limerick, from left, Brendan Caffrey, chairman, and David Scullane, treasurer, Blood Bike Mid West; Prof Colette Cowan, CEO, UL Hospitals Group; Larry Hunt, operations, Blood Bi

UL Hospitals Group has signed a three-year service level agreement with Blood Bike Mid West for emergency transport services.

Blood Bike Mid West has been transporting laboratory samples, breastmilk, drugs and much more to, from and between acute hospitals in Tipperary, Limerick and Clare since 2013 and has a team of over 40 volunteer riders, male and female, operating in the region.

Blood Bike offers a 24/7 emergency callout service to UL Hospitals Group. They have a dedicated weekend service transporting samples from the maternity hospital to the Laboratories in UHL and in addition they have scheduled collections in Nenagh, Ennis and Croom hospitals every weekend.

“We did in the region of 1,000 urgent callouts last year: bloods, urine, placentas, breastmilk, burn dressings, whatever is needed,” said Larry Hunt, operations, Blood Bike Mid West.

Blood Bike Mid West rely entirely on donations and are always on the lookout for new volunteers. These may be in administrative roles as well as riding motorcycles.

Volunteer riders are provided with training by the HSE on the regulations and requirements (including maintenance of specimen integrity/temperature etc) around transporting laboratory samples.