Dumfries and Galloway Blood Bikes
Charity registered in Scotland
Dumfries & Galloway Blood Bikes is a charitable organisation set up by local volunteers to deliver essential blood and urgent medical supplies, out of hours, between hospitals and healthcare sites in South West Scotland and sometimes beyond.
Outside normal office hours, the NHS relies on taxis or couriers to transfer urgent medical supplies or test samples between hospitals and other sites. Dumfries & Galloway Blood Bikes is dependent purely on charitable donations, and run entirely by volunteers who receive no compensation for their time or costs. The Blood Bike service is provided free of charge, ensuring the limited resources of the NHS can be used where it makes a difference.
As a Dumfries & Galloway Blood Bike rider, someone may be reliant on a product you are transporting urgently, therefore professionalism and safety is hugely important. To ride our bikes you must hold a current (within the last 3 years) advanced riding qualification such as:
1) The Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM)
2) The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA)
3) Police advanced riding certificate
4) Armed forces advanced riding certificate
5) Diamond advanced riding
6) DSA Enhanced Rider scheme, with ‘A’ grades across all modules
If you don’t hold an advanced riding qualification, you may use your own bike (subject to having valid insurance, MOT and road tax).
You will be required to sit an assessment ride with us before becoming part of our team.
Dumfries & Galloway Blood Bikes provide their service free of charge to the NHS, and is run entirely by dedicated volunteers who receive no compensation for their time or costs.
Duty Controllers are the unseen heroes of our team who organise hospital runs and contact on-call riders/drivers. They liaise with hospitals and riders/drivers. Quick thinking at 3am in the morning, they are able to keep calm under pressure.
Volunteers are needed to help with fundraising, from helping at coffee mornings to organising bigger events. Experienced fundraisers will bring ideas for fundraising activities, while others may want to help wit the events organised.