Volunteer Bike Riders Get Blood To Scilly

freewheelers blood bikeA group of volunteer motorbike riders have been asked to transport blood urgently needed in Scilly for the first time.

Last month the Cornwall Freewheelers were called by Treliske Hospital to pick up blood for transport to Scilly, through Newquay airport.

Rider David Enderson says the hospital was concerned when he called to advise them that the freight flight might not take off due to strong winds in Scilly.

After an anxious 45-minute wait, the pilot did decide to fly.

St Mary’s Health Centre lead, Dr John Garman, says once the blood leaves Treliske it only has seven hours to be completely transfused or they have to destroy it. Given that transport to and from the islands is fairly weather dependant, this can leave a very tight schedule.

The Freewheelers were told that if the blood had been transferred to Culdrose, the delay would have exceeded the time window.

John says they have now tested the new arrangements a few times. Things have run very smoothly on the whole, he says, and blood has been transfused successfully.

John says that Skybus and Newquay Airport’s help has been an important factor.