Brendan Caffrey and David Scullane (Blood Bike Mid West) with Colette Cowan (ULHG), Larry Hunt (Blood Bike Mid West), Mary Donnellan-O’Brien (ULHG) and Kevin O’Connell (ULHG)
THE UL Hospitals Group has signed a three-year service level agreement with Blood Bike Mid-West for emergency transport services.
Based in Limerick city, Blood Bike Mid-West offers a 24-7 emergency call-out service for the UL Hospitals Group.
“We did in the region of 1,000 urgent callouts last year; bloods, urine, placentas, breastmilk, burn dressings, whatever is needed,” said Larry Hunt, Operations, Blood Bike Mid West.
Blood Bike Mid-West has been transporting laboratory samples, breastmilk, drugs and much more to, from and between acute hospitals in Limerick, Clare and Tipperary since 2013 and currently has a team of over 40 volunteer riders, both male and female, operating in the region.
“We currently have three specially equipped motorcycles and a small van for volunteers who don’t have a bike licence, All are used for cross country link-ups and for work in the city. All our riders are trained to RoSPA standard which is an international certification in advanced driving,” explained Mr Hunt.
Blood Bike Mid West rely entirely on donations and are always on the lookout for new volunteers. These may be in administrative roles as well as riding motorcycles.
Prof Colette Cowan, CEO, UL Hospitals Group, said: “Health workers were rightly praised for their dedication and commitment in their response to Storm Ophelia. The volunteer riders with Blood Bikes Mid-West show a similar commitment by being out in all weathers, 365 days a year.
"They are an example to us all and deserve every support from the community in the Mid-West,” she added.