Blood Bikers saving lives across our region

A life-saving scheme has been introduced to Dumfries. Blood Bikes will see volunteer motorcyclists providing free out of hours transport for blood and medical supplies.

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Blood Bikes expands to Scotland

The Blood Bikes scheme is ran by volunteers Credit: ITV Border

A life saving service that provides out of hours transport for urgent blood and medical supplies is soon to be rolled out across Dumfries and Galloway.

Blood Bikes is already running in Cumbria and is now expanding to south west Scotland. They will be presented with their first bike this afternoon and anyone with a motorbike licence is being encouraged to sign up to the scheme.

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Cumbrian motorcyclists to help save lives

A life-saving new scheme has been launched in Cumbria.

Blood Bikes will see volunteer motorcyclists providing free out of hours transport for blood and medical supplies.

Blood transportation is an expensive business.

In Cumbria alone 700 units of blood are used a month across our hospitals, that equates to 23 units a day.

Hospitals in our region also transport between their sites four or five times a week, with two or three of these urgent transfers.

Now anyone with a motorbike licence and a willingness to learn could help.

Our reporter Fiona McIlwraith reports on how having Blood Bikes in our region will be a massive benefit for our hospitals.

30 people sign up to become Blood Bikers

30 bikers have already signed up for a new scheme which delivers emergency medical materials to those most in need.

Blood Bike riders will need to go through a rigorous training programme before getting accreditation to ride for the service.

"The bikers can actually use their own bikes or they can use the livery bikes that we have. If they use their own bikes they simply have to take a short assessment to see that they are safe in what they do, if they want to use the livery bikes they have to be an advanced rider with the AIM or Rostera.

"The bikes are equipped with blues and twos so we do a little bit of training for blues and twos so that people are aware of what's reburied when they're being used."

– Alan Bragg, Blood Bikes Cumbria & S.W Scotland

Blood Bikers saving lives across our region

All the motorcyclists involved are volunteers, on-call 24/7 Credit: ITV News Border

Motorcyclists across the region have signed up for the scheme which will provide free out of hours transport for blood between hospitals.

The 'Blood Bikers' will be on-call 24 hours a say, seven days a week, so that crucial medical supplies will be able to reach those who need it most.

Over 30 bikers have already signed up for the scheme Credit: ITV News Border

All registered Blood Bike riders will need to go through a rigorous training programme before getting accreditation to ride for the service.

Previously emergency supplies would have to be sent by taxis.

That money can go towards patient care and other key NHS frontline services.

New blood transport scheme in place for Cumbria

A life-saving new scheme has been launched in Cumbria.

Blood Bikes will see volunteer motorcyclists providing free out of hours transport for blood and medical supplies.

Transportation can be expensive but now anyone who goes through the specific training will be able to help out their local hospitals, and save lives at the same time.

Steve Hurd of North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust says he's enthusiastic about the blood bike scheme.

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