Date posted: 20 August 2019, 11:01pm
Blood Bikes East provides an emergency medical transport service between the hospitals in Dublin city and the greater Dublin area. This is all done by volunteers in their free time for no financial reward and completely FREE of charge to its contracted hospitals. They complete on average 3,500 to 4,000 medical transports per year.
So…It’s the middle of the night, it’s cold and it’s raining. The phone rings and it’s answered immediately by the Blood Bikes East controller. There’s an urgent package that needs transporting between two hospitals. It could be blood, blood products, breast milk, medical products, samples for testing, test results or even transplant related tissue.
The controller calls one of the on-duty riders, who is on his or her way in less than five minutes. Thirty minutes later the item has been delivered and the biker registers another completed delivery with the controller who is ready for the next urgent call.
That’s what they do – 7 nights a week and around the clock at weekends.
For Lady Captain’s week Miriam selected Blood Bikes East as her charity and on the evening of 20th August 2019 she and her Committee presented a cheque for €1,500 to the volunteers.