SERV Surrey and South London

HQ Location: 
Surrey

Location of benefit: 
UK only (local)

In April 1981 in Surrey, Service by Emergency Rider Volunteers was set up to supply a quick and reliable means of transporting emergency blood products to the hospitals and medical facilities at night.

Prior to SERV the only means available to hospitals, doctors and other medical establishments for the transport of emergency blood supplies at night were the following:

Taxi
Ambulance
Police
Courier
Transfusion service vehicle

Each of these options had good and bad points:
Taxis: The advantage of these was that there were plenty of them. The disadvantage was reliability and cost. The cost to hospitals would range from
£30 – £60 or more depending on location. The hospital also had to wait for one to be available and it was not guaranteed how long it would take to deliver.
Ambulance: Fast and able to respond quickly. The disadvantage was it removed a much-needed emergency vehicle from service during the transport time.
Police: Fast and able to respond quickly. The disadvantage was it removed a much-needed emergency vehicle from service during the transport time.
Courier: Limited availability during the night. High cost for service Transfusion Service: Provide regular day-time scheduled hospital deliveries, and Ad-Hoc deliveries to hospitals on special request.
SERV supplies this service free of any charge thus freeing up much-needed funds for improved patient care and other needed facilities within the hospital.

SERV Surrey and South London in the News

Kent Sussex Surrey Air Ambulance Trust logistically supported by SERV S&SL

Published on 1st February 2013

We are very pleased to announce that with effect from 4 February 2013 we will be working in partnership with Surrey Air Ambulance.

It is a great privilege to be able to extend the work we do directly to the front line of on-scene medical care. From Monday the aircraft will be carrying supplies of blood to enable emergency transfusions to take place at the scene of serious medical emergencies. The highly skilled team of Doctors and Paramedics can reach emergency situations in any part of Surrey within 15 minutes.

The vital blood supplies will be transported from the East Surrey Hospital in Redhill to the nearby Air Ambulance base for use on board the helicopter.

The Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance will be the first specialist doctor/paramedic air ambulance team outside London to be able to give blood transfusions and will benefit up to 100 patients a year.

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