UK’s NHS Transporting Blood and Organs Via Motorcycles
Charity foundation donates new Yamaha FJR1300 to be used for delivering blood, donor breast milk, drugs, human tissues, and organs to local hospitals
In the medical field there is a never-ending need to quickly transport blood, donor breast milk, drugs, medical supplies, samples awaiting analysis, and human tissues and organs. Shlepping these items from hospital to hospital or lab to lab is wildly expensive—a fact exacerbated by many hospitals utilizing ambulances and taxis to deliver these much needed resources, both of which are quite costly. So, in 2012, a few motorcyclists got together and started Merseyside and Cheshire Blood Bikes (or MCBB), a volunteer service that delivers medical goods via motorcycle, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, for free.
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MCBB not only saves the UK’s National Health Service an estimated $337,000 (or £250K) each year, but the speed at which the charity’s bikes are able to get from hospital to hospital saves countless lives. Having completed some 6,000 deliveries in 2017 alone, the impact of MCBB’s work is hard to overstate. Each of MCBB’s 60 riders serve on a 100 percent voluntary basis, and the group even fundraises in order to cover all operating expenses, making the service financially self-sufficient.
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MCBB typically delivers on its small fleet of sport tourers which have been modified with high-visibility liveries, emergency lighting, and obviously some really solid hard luggage, though MCBB riders do occasionally transport organs and whatnot on their own personal motorcycles. However, the use of personal bikes by the MCBB ranks will probably be happening less in the future as the UK’s Steve Morgan Foundation—a charity that offers funding to various services, non-profits, relief organizations and and charities—recently donated a brand new Yamaha FJR1300 to MCBB.
“We are incredibly grateful to the Steve Morgan Foundation," said Simon Dennett of Farnworth in Widnes, a father of two, volunteer rider, and chairman of MCBB. The bikes are serviced for free by volunteer mechanics, but we have to buy the parts and on the older bikes this can be incredibly expensive. This new bike will be more reliable and save us money. By using motorcycles our riders can drastically reduce the time taken to test samples in readiness for diagnosis. As our service is 100 per cent free the cost saving over the year is phenomenal with all savings going back into patient care.”
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Source: Runcorn and Widnes World
Photos courtesy of Merseyside and Cheshire Blood Bikes