Bikers aim to reduce NHS costs

Brian Fraser of Blood Bikes Scotland
Brian Fraser of Blood Bikes Scotland
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Two bikers from Queensferry have set up a voluntary service aimed at delivering blood and related products to hospitals in the area.

Blood Bike Scotland EVS was set up 19 months ago by local bikers and businessmen Ron Spalding and Brian Fraser.

The service was initially set up to cover the Lothian, Borders and Fife area, transporting blood products and equipment from Edinburgh to cottage hospitals in the area.

If items need to be transported across the Lothians area outwith working hours and during weekends the NHS has to pay for couriers or taxis to deliver these products.

But Blood Bikes Scotland will deliver them free of charge through a network of volunteers.

They are now looking to extend the service north towards Perth but need to recruit more volunteers to take on the role and are also looking for sponsorship and donations to put further vehicles on the road.

At present there are bikers in the Borders area who are on standby to deliver blood products but only four in the Edinburgh area.

Brian, who runs a building business in Queensferry, said: ‘‘We have specially-adapted bikes which can hold the supplies and each bike is liveried in striking colours.’’

A former coxswain at Queensferry RNLI, Brian said: ‘‘We saw a similar organisation operating in England on TV and Ron and I thought it would be great to start up something local. It has taken around 18 months to get all the necessary paperwork approved to carry out the work.

‘‘While we have worked predominately in the Borders area up until now, we want to operate further afield.

‘‘We have friends in Perthshire who have come onboard but we need a few more volunteers in the Edinburgh area.

‘We believe we could save the NHS thousands in transport costs.’’

If anyone wishes to get involved, they need to have an advanced motorcyclist’s certificate, either ROSPA or IAM. For more details, call Brian on 07831 372142 or email info@bloodbikesscotland.co.uk or or go to www.bloodbikesscotland.co.uk or facebook.