£5,000 donation for blood bikes

A unique life-saving delivery service has received a £5,000 funding boost from Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.

The Trust has teamed up with Northumbria Blood Bikes, a group of volunteer motorcyclists who deliver urgent and emergency items free of charge to the NHS at evenings and weekends.

The funding, through the Trust’s Bright Charity, has gone towards the purchase of a motorbike for the service which is used to transport blood and fluid samples between the Trust’s hospitals across Northumberland and North Tyneside.

The blood bikes service also means that life-saving tests to detect serious infections can be carried out sooner.

The partnership ensures that money the Trust would have spent on transporting samples between 7pm and 7am and at weekends can be reinvested in patient care.