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Midland Freewheelers
HELPING THE NHS HELP YOU
Providing an emergency rider service to NHS hospitals throughout the country.
blood bikers volunteers
100% VOLUNTARY 100% COMMITTED
We are always looking for volunteers to help with the service.
NHS blood bikers
7 DAYS A WEEK, 365 DAYS A YEAR
Providing a free emergency out of hours blood and medical essentials delivery service to the NHS.

The measure of life is not its duration but its donation.

We provide our emergency service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year and in any weather!

We cover the whole of the West Midlands, serving a large number of hospitals, medical facilities and nursing homes including Cannock Hospital, Walsall Manor Hospital, Good Hope Hospital, City Hospital, Heartlands Hospital, QE Hospital, Birmingham Women’s Hospital, Birmingham Children’s Hospital, Russell’s Hall Hospital, West Park Hospital and New Cross Hospital to name a few.

We also keep the Midlands Air Ambulance, based at RAF Cosford, supplied with blood and plasma as part of an ongoing clinical trial called RePHILL.

We are a charity staffed entirely by volunteers who give up their time to ride bikes, drive cars, coordinate and fundraise.

We carry anything of a medical nature (size permitting) including blood, human tissue, samples, X rays and patient notes. We consider all deliveries to be URGENT and deliver them as soon as a bike becomes free.

Midland Freewheelers are part of a larger blood bike family, the Nationwide Association of Blood Bikes (NABB). NABB, along with other blood bike groups across the country, work together to provide the transportation where needed. It essentially means as a group we can transport items across the whole of the UK.  More recently they were key in setting up the relationship between blood bikers and Sky Watch UK for ‘air relays’ using helicopters and planes to assist our supply chain of transporting urgent medial consignments. 

NABB’s main role is to liaise with government on legislation, promote the work of blood bikes and assist in the setup of new groups alongside providing help and guidance to existing groups across the UK and Ireland.Nationwide Association of Blood Bikes Logo

The demand for our service continues to grow both locally and Nationally and with your help and donations, we aim to ensure we can continue providing this valuable service FREE OF CHARGE to the NHS.

Become a Volunteer

We are always looking for volunteers to help with the service. If you can spare a little of your time then we would be pleased to welcome you to the group.

We Deliver

We carry anything of a medical nature that can safely be carried by our small fleet of motorbikes and the two cars. Here are some examples:

Blood

We transport a range of blood products including whole blood, blood products, plasma and platelets.

Breast Milk

We collect donated breast milk from mothers and take it to the Milk Bank at Birmingham Women’s Hospital. From there we deliver to sick babies in hospitals across the region as well as setting up relays with other blood bike groups such as delivering to Hospitals in South Wales.

FMT

FMT or Fecal Microbiota Transplants are incredibly important to patients across the region and the wider UK. We collect transplants from the University of Birmingham and deliver via relays with other blood bike groups to get to the end patient. Google FMT, you’ll be amazed how it works and the life changing effect it has!

Pathology Samples

These are the bread and butter of our work. We transport samples from medical facilities to biochemistry laboratories across the region, some routine, some more critical.

Chemotherapy Drugs

This involves some of the more time critical work we undertake for the Birmingham Children's Hospital. Most of the drugs we transport have a very short shelf life so have to be delivered in a timely fashion to ensure patient success.

Medical Equipment

Along with other medical equipment, we are often requested by the neonatal unit at the QE to deliver and collect Oxymeters or Pulseox machines which are pieces of equipment used for monitoring new-borns that have recently left hospital, allowing them to go home earlier.

Medication

We deliver medication from central pharmacies to patients in other hospitals and nursing homes.

Patient Notes

A number of these jobs are focused around the renal units across the region, transferring notes to and from hospital wards and specialist units.

Our Statistics

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Volunteers
1000
Jobs Completed in 2019
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Job Ave per day
11000
Total Jobs Completed

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