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The October meeting was treated to a presentation by Peter Robertson, past chairman of Northumberland Blood Bikes and current chairman of the national group.
This is president Di’s chosen charity for her year of office.
Northumberland Blood Bikes (NBB) is a local charity providing out of hours courier services to North East hospitals and healthcare sites, operating independently of the NHS.
Volunteer courier services have existed for more than 40 years. In 2009 they united, and the NBB was formed in 2012.
It transports blood products, specimens, fluids and equipment, between 7pm and 7am every day, including all public holidays, delivered free to the NHS.
All involved work for free and the charity is wholly funded by donations. This significant saving on taxi/courier services allows reinvestment into patient care, equipment, etc.
Motorbikes are used as they are good for filtering through congestion, better fuel economy, and promote a more positive attitude towards motorcycles.
Cars are used in extreme weather conditions – under 3C and over 34C.
Items are picked up within an hour and delivered within two hours.
Emergencies are authorised by clinicians and blue lights can be used, but the bikes must obey the law.
All vehicles used are liveried – nine bikes, four cars, 120 drivers/riders, 69 shift controllers, and £2500 a month of fuel.
The blood bikes support the Great North Air Ambulance Service and its Blood On Board scheme. Blood from the RVI is taken every night to the air ambulance and unused blood is returned to the RVI for storage. There are 18 unexpected survivors attributed to the BOB scheme.
At the business meeting after the meal it was reported that the Macmillan coffee morning at the Cobbled Yard raised £290.80. Thanks to all who were involved.
Club members were reminded to check that their direct debits were updated, several entertainment events were put to members, and they were told that the district had collected £3,894 for the school-in-the-bag project.