The Cornwall Blood Bikes (CBB) was recently tasked with picking up blood from Treliske Hospital in Truro and transporting it to Land’s End Airport to be taken over to the Isles of Scilly, for a patient at St Mary’s Hospital who is too unwell to travel and required a blood transfusion.
The CBB Media Department said: “The patient received the blood and all is well before adding: “It demonstrates that although the Islands are separated by an expanse of water, CBB is an integral part in the process of peoples health and the charity is extremely proud of being able to contribute.”
Will spoke to Simon Williams, another volunteer for the CBB and a Captain for the Isles of Scilly Steamship Company’s Skybus aircraft about the work the CCB carry out and the recent assignment they successfully completed.
With regards to the events of last Thursday Simon said: “My colleague Dave Trudgeon was fortunate enough to get down. He Left home at 4:30am, the aircraft was waiting, it went straight through and everything went like clockwork.”
This is not the first time that the CBB have been called upon and there is no doubt, it won’t be the last.
The CBB completed 2143 assignments in 2016 covering a total of 90,912 miles and have already carried out 180 jobs this year alone.
The CBB are a team of volunteer members who are dedicated to providing a weekday ‘out of hours’ service from 17:00 to 07:00 and a 24 hour Weekend and Bank Holiday service supporting our NHS partners with whom we have formal agreements to deliver essential Whole Blood, Pathology Samples, Medication, Medical Equipment, Medical Notes and occasionally Donor Breast Milk to the NHS hospitals and hospices throughout Cornwall and beyond.
You can hear Will talking to Simon about the work the CBB do and also a bit more about the task they carried out last week below.