BIKERS are urgently required for a voluntary service to deliver urgently needed blood and other products for premature and ill babies from the Mid West around the country, writes Anne Sheridan.
Since it was established in October 2012, Blood Bike Mid West has made an “invaluable contribution” in transporting blood, patient records, drugs, breast milk for premature and ill babies and other medical requirements between hospitals, blood transfusion banks and the human milk bank.
Blood Bikers now operate a regular rota at weekends at the University Maternity Hospital Limerick transporting documentation and records to and from the University Hospital Limerick and regularly ride to Athlone to collect urgently needed breast milk for premature babies.
“This service has made a huge difference to the way the milk bank can function,” said milk bank manager, Ann Mc Crea.
“Milk can now be delivered seven days a week and to all parts of Ireland. Milk that has been screened, pasteurised and tested leaves the Human Milk Bank, and travels in special cold chain boxes designed to fit on the carrier of a motor bike.”
With demand constantly growing for the services of the organisation the number of bike riders required is also growing. A recruitment drive will be held in the South Court hotel this Saturday, August 16, from 11am to 3pm.Further information about the charity is available on www.bloodbikemidwest.ie