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Wirral University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Blood Bikes support for Wirral University Teaching Hospital

Volunteers from the Merseyside and Cheshire Blood Bikes charity have covered many miles for Wirral University Teaching Hospital (WUTH), taking urgent blood and COVID-19 samples, as well as test kits, across the region.

They provide regular night time transport between Arrowe Park Hospital and the laboratory at Bromborough, seven days a week. They have removed the need for couriers and taxi transport on Bank Holidays, offering their services at no cost to the Trust.

Janelle Holmes, Chief Executive at Wirral University Teaching Hospital, said: “I would like to say a huge thank you for everything that the Merseyside and Cheshire Blood Bikes do to support us. Knowing we can rely on their support, seven days a week and throughout the night, really does make a difference.

“We are certainly in unprecedented times but the support of the Bloodbikes team has helped so much and provided a degree of stability and reassurance when needed the most.”

To help the Trust’s laboratories meet the challenges of COVID-19, the charity has provided dedicated riders round the clock.

Graham Bryson, one of the volunteers at Blood Bikes Charity, gave a comment after one of his shifts and said: “I had a busy night last night, 117 miles completed. I get a lot of brilliant comments from the clients we serve through the night, two of the samples I delivered through the night were urgent test samples, they commented on the speed of the delivery and how fast the results were going back to the hospital.”

Andrew Bamber, Pathology Directorate Manager at Wirral University Teaching Hospital, said: “Having a dedicated volunteer has meant that urgent samples are quickly on their way to our laboratories. In turn, we can carry out vital tests and report the results to the clinicians with minimal delay.”

Kirk Phillips, Chairman of Merseyside and Cheshire Blood Bikes, added: “When the COVID-19 outbreak first started we prepared the team for the increases in demand if called upon. When the call was received to provide extra support, we were ready to provide whatever assistance and support the NHS needed.

“All of our volunteers feel it is an honour to help an amazing institution like the NHS. The whole team at Merseyside and Cheshire Blood Bikes feel it is a privilege to work alongside and support the brave men and women of the NHS.”