Outside of normal NHS hours, we provide transportation of blood between NHS services. This saves the NHS time and money on courier services
We deliver Tests and Results between NHS services to get patients their results quicker. This again saves the NHS money which can then be directed to front line care
Bloodrun EVS operate in the Cleveland, South Durham and North Yorkshire area, serving all of the hospitals and NHS trusts within those counties.
Bloodrun Emergency Voluntary Service (EVS) is a Blood Bike Charity established in 2010 to provide a free urgent courier service to North East NHS Hospitals and Trusts. The charity is staffed by unpaid volunteers who offer their time to provide the service to the NHS with the purposes of saving the NHS money and providing a reliable and professional transportation service.
The charity registered with the Charity Commission in 2012. From initially providing a service to North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Trust we have expanded to provide the service to James Cook University Hospital, Yarm Medical Centre and The Friarage Hospital in Northallerton.
Since Jan 2014 the team have seen a dramtic increase in work. The team regularly cover 1,500 miles per week and we expect to respond to over 3,000 callouts per year.
Outside normal office hours, when their internal courier service is not available, hospitals have to rely on taxis or couriers to transfer urgent medical supplies or test samples between hospitals and other sites. Blood Bike groups, across the country, seek to carry out this service free of charge, ensuring the limited resources of the NHS can be used where it makes a difference. Bloodrun EVS is dependent on charitable donations, solely run by volunteers, giving their own free time to run and deliver the service.
The on call motorbikes deliver items out of hours between NHS locations (19:00hrs – 07:00hrs, and 24hr weekend cover) – the alternative is for NHS to PAY a courier/taxi service. As the blood bike is a completely FREE service to the NHS this will inevitably save thousands of pound a year to the NHS in our area which can be ploughed straight back in to patient care.
The motorbikes also remove the problem of traffic. So emergency calls can be serviced more quickly and effectively.
Volunteers for the charity who are holders of advanced motorcycle qualifications. The on call rider takes the motorcycle home, when he/she is no longer available the bike is passed to the next pre-arranged rider, we have a substantive database of volunteers to offer cover at all times.
We raise money using various different methods, from sponsorship events, corporate sponsors, charity events, personal contributions, to find out more about what we have done so far visit the Blog and Sponsors section.
After the initial purchase of the bike taking into account wear and tear, servicing, fuel, insurance it costs in the region of £9,660, to run a single Blood bike in our region. In context the team this year will complete over 3,000 call outs and cover in excess of 100,000 miles saving the NHS Trusts in Cleveland approximately £150,000.
Using Bloodbikes to provide a professional, reliable service costs a miniscule amount when you think how much the NHS pay for ad-hoc deliveries using alternate transport arrangements!