FRIST Concern Over Transfer Of Blood Samples

Gry Maritha

The Isles of Scilly Steamship Company says that transferring blood samples for mainland testing on the Gry Maritha has worked for the past four weeks, without complaint from the NHS.

They used to be taken by the BIH helicopter, under a special biohazard licence.

The transport action group, FRIST, has expressed concern on their website that Skybus hasn’t arranged for bloods to be transferred by air yet.

Some patients need to have samples tested urgently and because the Gry only travels three days a week, those islanders may have to visit the mainland for tests.

FRIST say they had assumed that the delay in using planes was due to red tape with the Civil Aviation Authority but Earl Attlee revealed in the House of Lords that Skybus haven’t formally applied to the CAA for a licence yet.

Skybus spokesman Jason Clark says the NHS has agreed to the cargo boat’s use for the meantime. And he says the company is training staff. That’s a requirement before a licence can be granted.

They will apply for that licence soon, he says.

FRIST is now asking islanders to contact them with their winter transport concerns so they can raise them in the Council’s transport committee on Thursday. FRIST committee member Marian Bennett is also on the transport committee.


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