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Blood bikes
#1
I saw on local newspapers that Blood Bike West was launched in November and from a Google search there seems to be a Blood Bike East Blood Bike South West and Blood Bike North West also being set up.
Seems a great service to offer on a voluntary basis 19

But I have lots of questions (here'e some)
Are they charities or companies?
Can they recoup some monies from HSE or Private Hospitals for the service?
Can they use lights & sirens?
What training do riders get?

Thanks in advance for the answers
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#2
If it's anything like the UK based agency... they are usually ordinary bikers who volunteer to carry the blood. I think the bikers do it free of charge. I've also seen one of these bikes last month... It looks like a Garda bike from a distance, but has the word "BLOOD" on it... complete with blue lights & siren. Fair play to the bikers for providing this service free of charge! 21
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#3
Have heard that their applying for charity status. Some of their bikes are equipped with blue lights & sirens & they do an advanced Rospa motorcycling course. No idea about recouping money as they state they depend on vol contributions & sponsorship. In theory it's a great service as its been done for free as opposed to using taxis or more importantly tying up emergency ambulances
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#4
Were emergency ambulances ever used to deliver emergency bloods? I know when I was with 1 of the privates they done the EM bloods alright.
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#5
Yeah I've done it a few times
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#6
(11-12-2012, 11:12 AM)Florence_N Wrote: I saw on local newspapers that Blood Bike West was launched in November and from a Google search there seems to be a Blood Bike East Blood Bike South West and Blood Bike North West also being set up.
Seems a great service to offer on a voluntary basis 19

But I have lots of questions (here'e some)
Are they charities or companies?
Can they recoup some monies from HSE or Private Hospitals for the service?
Can they use lights & sirens?
What training do riders get?

Thanks in advance for the answers


The are registered as Charities
No they are voluntary
No they dont provide service to Private Hospitals at the present time
They would be only for emergence situations where directed
They all have to be trained to RoSPA Standard. ( Advanced Driving and Riding )
Hope this answered some of your questions
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#7
Clio, who directs them as to use of blues and twos?
Those who can, do.

Those who can't do, teach.

Those who can't do or teach....... Manage!
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#8
(11-12-2012, 08:34 PM)vidar Wrote: Clio, who directs them as to use of blues and twos?


imo it would be under escort the urgency of the blood required, but as the service is only from 19:00 till 07:00 i cant envisage the need for them at these times, most urgent items would have been delivered way before that time.
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#9
Free way to get rospa trained?
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#10
(17-12-2012, 04:09 AM)mepro Wrote: Free way to get rospa trained?


Free loading a charity�s time and money to get a Rospa qualification?? Tell me I�ve picked it up wrong.
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#11
Completely picked it up wrong, I was pointing at who & how the rospa training was done

Although, from a freeloading point, stranger things have happened
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#12
(17-12-2012, 12:52 PM)mepro Wrote: Completely picked it up wrong, I was pointing at who & how the rospa training was done

Although, from a freeloading point, stranger things have happened


All entrants to Blood Bike's have to go and pay for their own training and tests, and only will be taken on the panel after they have passed their test min standard which is Bronze, this cuts out the people been trained to rospa standard at the expense of the charity and shows their willingness to be involved.

There will be on going riders assessments on a regular basis even after rospa standards has been attained.

All riders will be Garda vetted, must be over 25 have a clean licence no penalty points and accident free.

Hope this helps feel free to ask questions i will do my up most to answer them to the best of my ability, further info can be found on the website

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#13
(11-12-2012, 11:12 AM)Florence_N Wrote: I saw on local newspapers that Blood Bike West was launched in November and from a Google search there seems to be a Blood Bike East Blood Bike South West and Blood Bike North West also being set up.
Seems a great service to offer on a voluntary basis 19


There are another two groups up and running now see below for details

Bloodbikeleinster Covering Mid Leinster area

Norteastbloodbikes Covering Monaghan Cavan Drogheda
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#14
Once again public trying to plug holes in system that shouldn't be there.
Good theory, but lots of grey areas if things go wrong.
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#15
Imagine if a group of young fellas in Honda civics decided to set up a charity and do blue light work on behalf of the HSE
BLOODCARS
Patients don't suddenly die, it just seems that way when you stop paying attention!

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#16
(27-01-2014, 01:07 AM)Clio Wrote:
(11-12-2012, 11:12 AM)Florence_N Wrote: I saw on local newspapers that Blood Bike West was launched in November and from a Google search there seems to be a Blood Bike East Blood Bike South West and Blood Bike North West also being set up.
Seems a great service to offer on a voluntary basis 19


There are another two groups up and running now see below for details

Bloodbikeleinster Covering Mid Leinster area

Norteastbloodbikes Covering Monaghan Cavan Drogheda

Would it not make more sense to just have one group a blood bikes ireland instead of each group doing it's own fundraising and trying to arrange locally with HSE calls etc
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#17
Blood bike South are now advertising a meeting for volunteers. It appears there's a split already in Dublin with two blood bike groups now operating (one set up as a result of a falling out).
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#18
I know at one stage they set up in Dublin and trained people but some left after getting the training. I know a lad involved and he says there is free accomodation provided to the riders as the nights have usually 4-5 calls a night. As for the split, never heard.

My only worry is the hospital will just use them instead of taxis for everything and abuse the system. It has been working in the UK for a good while. Only thing I heard of note over there was speeding prosecutions.
The man who never made a mistake never made anything!
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#19
I was doing a speed check on motorway last month and I see a motorbike in distance appraoching with blues on, as bike got closer off with the blues and speed reduced.
........"its not our area"
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#20
(27-01-2014, 10:52 PM)Blue Light Wrote: I was doing a speed check on motorway last month and I see a motorbike in distance appraoching with blues on, as bike got closer off with the blues and speed reduced.


Would you have pulled him?
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