As always it has been a busy month for Merseyside & Cheshire Blood Bikes; the group is still breaking the 500 runs a month mark and the entire fleet has been extremely active as usual.
Vampire 8 is currently our preferred machine for the Graveyard Shift. Due to its age, it is our most reliable machine in the fleet and typically runs that come in between midnight and 6am are urgent and critical jobs (I guess at that time of the night if you’re not critically ill samples can wait until the next morning), therefore it pays dividends to have this machine available.
Typically we only have one rider on duty at this time during the night and therefore it covers ground across the entire region. As of Tuesday 26th September, she had clocked over 5000 Miles.
But it doesn’t stop there. Graveyard Shift finishes and it is returned to its cave and within the next hour, it is collected by the day team who then cover runs across the Merseyside hospitals. Mostly Aintree Hospital due to the critical care centre (Walton Centre) and the Renal unit. 90% of these jobs require Blue Lights and sirens and, as we are aware from previous reports, the system on Vampire 8 is incredibly effective.
Coverage this month has increased further during September due to a number of the older fleet bikes being off the road for repairs. An already stretched fleet has been more than thankful for your incredibly generous lifesaving donation.
Once again, on behalf of Merseyside & Cheshire Blood Bikes, thank you for your incredible donation, long may it continue to save lives.