At Lone Worker Solutions we couldn’t be more proud of our teammate, Colm Carton, who gives up his free time to volunteer with North West Blood Bikes Lancs & Lakes (NWBB). Blood Bikes is a fantastic charity where volunteers act as free out-of-hours couriers, transporting urgently needed medical supplies between hospitals. The volunteers are on call during their ‘free time’ and transport anything from emergency blood, platelets, or blood samples, to donor breast milk and patient notes - and even theatre equipment. In fact, they’ll transport anything that can be carried by motorcycle.
Since its launch in 2012, NWBB has made 25,622 runs (and counting). In the last year, this has saved the NHS an estimated £500,000 in out-of-hours courier costs; this vital money can now be spent supporting more patients and saving more lives.
North West Blood Bikes, announced last week that they were awarded a grant of £3,000 from the National Lottery Good Causes Awards after public votes put them at the top of the Health Group. Colm mentioned that as well as paying for part of the charity's fleet bike insurance “the award raises our profile, and this is a massive help in attracting new volunteers to NWBB". Crimewatch star Rav Wilding presented volunteers with their cheque and a National Lottery Award trophy. Rav said: “I’m delighted to present the blood bikers with their well-earnt National Lottery Award. The inspirational volunteers behind this project are a real credit to society. They think nothing of giving up their free time to transport urgently needed medical supplies, and in doing so, save lives. National Lottery players should feel proud to support such an outstanding project.”
Colm’s wife Karen also rides for NWBB. On call last week, Karen got a call out at 05:45 to collect blood clotting drugs from Manchester Royal Infirmary. She delivered the drugs to the Royal Preston Hospital where a patient with haemophilia was receiving care after being viciously attacked.
NWBB is a recipient of The Queens Award for Voluntary Service and a member of the National Association of Blood Bikes (NABB). The national association has 27 member groups and more than 1,700 volunteers.
Steve White, Chief Technical Officer at LWS, said “Everyone here is enormously proud of Colm; his voluntary work echoes the professional work that he and the rest of our team make in developing solutions to safeguard people. Colm, Karen and their fellow volunteers at NWBB are everyday heroes; they make a tremendous contribution supporting the NHS and saving lives every day.”
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Post by George Stavrinidis
George is Chief Executive Officer of Lone Worker Solutions (LWS). He believes passionately that everyone should be protected and supported at work. George supports LWS clients to make sure they enjoy the most effective relationship with the team and maximise the effectiveness of their deployment of Safe Hub.
About Lone Worker Solutions
At Lone Worker Solutions, it’s our business to protect employees, managers and shareholders from the risks associated with working alone. This includes the potential hazards faced by staff who work by themselves, remotely, or out-of-sight or earshot of colleagues. When it comes to safety we don't believe in a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach; instead, we tailor our solution to each organisation's exact needs.
About Safe Hub
Safe Hub is an award-winning BS8484:2016 Gold Certified package of emergency, buddy, proactive, reactive, broadcast and virtual barrier protection for lone workers. Safe Hub supports lone and remote workers on the widest possible array of devices including Android, Apple and Windows smartphones, BlackBerrys, standard mobiles, PCs, intrinsically safe devices, specialist personal safety devices and satellite phones.
About Blood Bikes
Blood Bikes has a mission to provide a free but professional, voluntary, out-of-hours transport service to our local NHS hospitals. They carry urgent and emergency blood, platelets, blood samples, donor breast milk, patient notes, and theatre equipment - in fact anything that can be carried by motorcycle between hospitals, and which is urgently required. We began in May 2012, and as the counter shows the number of call outs we are completing is growing exponentially.
We provide this service through the night, at weekends and Bank Holidays enabling hospital funding to be better spent on patient care. Your help in doing this is always appreciated.
This post has been updated to reflect recent changes and improvements to the naming of Lone Worker Solutions' platform and the safety features that it provides. Prior to 2018, Safe Hub was called LoneWorker Manager, Safe Check was called Heartbeat, and Group Alert was called Broadcast Messaging. These updates reflect advancements in the platform and help to improve end-user comprehension.