It’s the middle of the night, it’s cold and it’s raining. The phone rings and it’s answered immediately by the Blood Bikes East controller. There’s an urgent package that needs transporting between two hospitals. It could be blood, blood products, breast milk, medical products, samples for testing, test results or even transplant related tissue.
The controller calls one of the on-duty riders, who is on his or her way in less than five minutes. Thirty minutes later the item has been delivered and the biker registers another completed delivery with the controller who is ready for the next urgent call.
That’s what we do – 7 nights a week and around the clock at weekends.
Blood Bikes East provides an emergency medical transport service between the hospitals in Dublin and the Greater Leinster area.
This is all done by volunteers in their free time for no financial reward and completely FREE of charge to its contracted hospitals.
If Blood Bikes East did not exist, every time an item would need to go from one hospital to another, it would have to pay for a taxi, courier or ask the ambulance service to take it. BBE therefore saves the hospitals vital funds that can be used to help more patients.
We saved hospitals in the Greater Dublin area over €500,000 since our inception in 2013, with the majority of that saving occurring in 2015 and 2016. Indeed, 2016 surpassed all previous records, as we completed 3,528 medical transports.
Why BBE Is So Efficient:
We are efficient as a charity and as a specialist medical courier service.
As a charity, our overheads are almost negligible. We are run entirely by volunteers, from the committee to the fundraisers to the riders and have zero administration overheads. In fact the only costs we have are related to the bikes, that require fuel, maintenance and road tax (thankfully all our insurance needs are sponsored by our valued partner AXA Insurance Ireland, for which we are most grateful). This means that we run a lean and efficient organisation where virtually 100% of all donations help keep our service going.
As a specialist medical courier we are efficient because we are on two wheels and our bikes are ridden by trained advanced riders. We can get from hospital to hospital sooner than any car or van could thanks to the fact that our bikes are more maneuverable and we can slip through traffic when encountered. Because of this, we rarely have a need to use the blue lights fitted to the bikes and indeed this has only been necessary on two occasions since our inception in 2013. Yet day in and day out we make our vital deliveries on average within 30 minutes of the call-out!
Why BBE Is Different:
At BBE, we like to say that “We Help Everyone”. Almost every other charity dedicates their efforts to a specific group of people. Their work is undoubtedly valuable, but it helps a minority. BBE on the other hand helps everyone. We will all, at some point in our lives, spend time in hospital. It may be planned or an emergency situation, but whatever the case you will have blood tests, scans, require blood, medication or specific equipment or for some other reason the hospital staff may require something from another location. When this occurs, Blood Bikes East is ready to take the call and make the delivery.
BBE Mission Statement:
Our Mission is to act as an Emergency Rider Voluntary Service which aims to relieve sickness and protect health by the provision of transport of urgently needed blood, blood products, breast milk, patient records, urgent medical equipment and other medical requirements, between hospitals and blood transfusion banks in Dublin & the Greater Leinster area, FREE of charge.