Volunteer riders for the medical courier service Bloodbikes Australia are making deliveries for diagnostic specialists Histopath on the Central Coast and the organisation is in discussions with the local Health District to see if it can make use of its services.
With five volunteers on the books for the Central Coast, the volunteer service celebrates its second birthday on September 2, and now makes deliveries for 24 healthcare providers nationwide.
“We currently have 345 volunteers Australia-wide and have completed more than 900 last resort runs,” founder Peter Davis said.
“A lot of our volunteer work has been centred around complementing current transport alternatives for COVID test samples ensuring the best possible flow through laboratories to lessen the time it takes to get results back to the patient and authorities.”
Davis said in the two years it had been operating, Bloodbikes Australia has transported blood, biopsies, COVID tests, clinical trial program tests, paperwork and files as well as personal items returned to patients who left them behind upon discharge, medical consumables for in home patients and stem cells.
Central Coast co-ordinator Bob Holloway is still eager to hear from healthcare providers which may want to make use of the completely free service.
The primary purpose of the service is to assist in the transportation of lifesaving supplies between hospitals, medical centres and anywhere else they are needed. Details available on the Bloodbikes Australia website.
Media release, Aug 18
Peter Davis, Bloodbikes Australia