Blood bikes is the informal name for a type of emergency medical service in the United Kingdom and Ireland, who provide voluntary motorcycle courier services to hospitals and other healthcare providers, to help with the transport of urgent blood, tissue and organs.
Blood bikes have been in operation since 1962 when Margaret Ryerson formed the Emergency Volunteer Service (E.V.S.) in Surrey, South London, England. This was followed by the 'Freewheelers' action group in Stevenage, England in 1969 who initially served hospitals in Stevenage, Luton, Dunstable, Bedford and Hitchin. These originals groups are no longer operating, but they inspired other groups to provide similar services.
The third group, which still operates today, was the Yeovil Freewheelers, founded in 1978, and this was followed by two more groups in 1981. SERV (SERV formed shortly after E.V.S. disbanded also in Surrey, South London) and the North East Thames Emergency Voluntary Service (Also known as the E.V.S.) in North East London, this latter group eventually disbanded in 1999 but SERV continues to this day now operating a number of different groups. Other groups followed, with new groups continuing to be created.
Groups are largely independent, and operate in collaboration with their local healthcare providers, but most are represented through the Nationwide Association of Blood Bikes (NABB).
England and Wales
- Blood Bikes Wales — Whole of Wales
- Cornwall Freewheelers — Cornwall
- Cumbria Blood Bikes — North Cumbria
- Derbyshire Blood Bikes - Derbyshire
- Devon Freewheelers — Devon
- Freewheelers EVS — Somerset, Bristol, Bath, West Wiltshire, South Gloucestershire
- Leicestershire and Rutland Blood Bikes
- Lincolnshire Emergency Blood Bikes Service
- Merseyside & Cheshire Blood Bikes - Merseyside & Cheshire (West)
- Midland Freewheelers — West Midlands
- North West Blood Bikes Lancs & Lakes
- North West Blood Bikes Manchester
- Northumbria Blood Bikes — Northumberland, Tyne and Wear, County Durham
- Nottinghamshire Blood Bikes — Nottinghamshire
- SERV - Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire
- SERV - Kent
- SERV - Norfolk
- SERV — Oxfordshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Northamptonshire
- SERV - Suffolk and Cambridgeshire
- SERV - Surrey and South London
- SERV - Sussex
- SERV - Wessex
- Severn Freewheelers — Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, Worcestershire, Wiltshire
- Shropshire & Staffordshire Blood Bikes - Shropshire, Staffordshire & Cheshire (South)
- Warwickshire and Solihull Blood Bikes
- Whiteknights Emergency Voluntary Service — North Yorkshire, West Yorkshire, Cleveland
- Yeovil Freewheelers — Somerset, Dorset
- Blood Bike Leinster — Kildare, Portlaoise, Tullamore, Mullingar, Meath, Dublin.
- Blood Bike North East — Cavan, Monaghan & Louth.
- Blood Bike Mid West — Limerick city, Ennis, Nenagh & Croom
- ScotsERVS — Glasgow
- Life Savers Scotland — Lanarkshire
- Dumfries & Galloway Blood Bikes — South West Scotland
- North East Rider Volunteers Scotland - NERVs — North East Scotland
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- "Chairman congratulates 'unsung heroes' who help transport blood to injured patients". Press Release. Bath and North East Somerset Council. 24 July 2008. Retrieved 10 November 2010.
- "Operational Blood Bike Groups". National Association of Blood Bikes.