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Blood Bike groups were operational in much
Budgets in the NHS were gradually
Savings were made to the NHS hospitals,
typically around £25,000 to
£100,000 per year by out of hours ‘Free of
Charge’ courier services but
Norfolk Hospitals were not benefiting.
A Brief History
Service By Emergency Rider Volunteers (SERV) is a registered charity and was started by a group of Surrey motorcyclists in 1981.
They learnt that hospitals spent very significant sums of money on out of hours transport and decided:
To set up a professionally run medical transport service, to be offered completely free of charge, and allowing the NHS to divert funds back into patient care.
Transporting Blood, Plasma Platelets, Samples, Vaccines, Factor VIII, & other urgently required medical items to hospitals delivered out of hours.
Serv Norfolk Was Born
In February 2011 a SERV Norfolk
committee was formed.
A decision was taken to have dedicated and
A target was set to go live in Norfolk in
October 2011 to provide a
service to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital,
Norfolk & Norwich University
Hospital and the James Paget Hospital.
We planned to raise the money to buy a
minimum of 2 bikes.
To recruit and train volunteers (typically
around 60) to provide the
service by riding driving and controlling.
To establish a sustainable income to keep
the bikes on the road.