Northumbria Blood Bikes
Who we are
Northumbria Blood Bikes aims to deliver essential blood products and other urgent medical supplies out of hours between hospitals and healthcare sites in North East England.
Outside normal office hours, when their own transport service is not available, hospitals have to rely on taxis or couriers to transfer urgent medical supplies or test samples between hospitals and other sites. Blood Bike groups across the country seek to carry out this service free of charge, saving thousands of pounds that our hospitals can use elsewhere. Northumbria Blood Bikes will be run by volunteers, giving their own free time to deliver the service.
In critical situations, blood or other medical items need to be delivered urgently in order to save a patient's life. Blood bikes, with their distinctive livery and narrow profile, can quickly get through busy traffic reaching the destination sooner. Furthermore, we’re a dedicated service, so we’re not going to be busy picking up nightclub customers when your urgent call comes in!
All our riders are trained to a standard far higher than legal requirements; they are each required to hold an advanced riding qualification to ensure a professional standard of driving every time. Every rider is fully uniformed and carries identification. The bikes carry bright reflective livery and have specially adapted carriers to transport blood, plasma, breast milk, samples and associated products safely and securely. We have full insurance cover from a policy designed specifically for the duties our blood bikes undertake.