The Scottish Emergency Rider Volunteer Service (ScotsERVS) is an independent Scottish registered charity and providers of the ‘blood bike’ transport service in Scotland. We provide emergency medical transport services completely FREE to NHS Scotland. As an emergency service, we are often mistakenly overlooked for funding yet we currently receive no NHS or Government help.
Based in NHSGGC (Greater Glasgow and Clyde) a small dedicated team of professionals operate services with only negligible funds – supported entirely through public donation. Trained volunteers provide services supporting the NHS to address equality of access to vital healthcare resources; enabling NHS funds currently spent in urgent transport (paid to expensive taxis/couriers) to be reinvested back into front-line services and patient care.
Our network extends throughout Scotland to provide the sole dedicated transport service to access the only Donor Milk Bank in Scotland (based in Yorkhill Children’s Hospital) for NICU/SCBU neonatal units and donor families. Highlighting that case, prior to ScotsERVS involvement Neonatal Units outwith NHSGGC had no reliable way to access donor milk, nor could families in other Health Boards contribute. This meant a pre-term infant born in Glasgow with access to the donor milk service had a 60% greater chance of survival than an infant born with identical clinical needs born only a few miles away in Lanarkshire [Milk Bank Stats: Oct 2011].
ScotsERVS and the Donor Milk Bank are helping change that. By implementing real sustained improvements in our healthcare community since 2011 ScotsERVS have provided the only Donor Milk Transport service in Scotland. Using specialist equipment purchased entirely through fundraising we have, and will, continue to play a major part in reducing infant mortality and addressing healthcare inequality throughout Scotland. We provide doorstep collections from new donors – making it easier, faster and more equitable for the Milk Bank to replenish supply; our on-call professional responders use specially adapted motorcycles and other vehicles to transport any resources critical to patient care on request. We assist the NHS in meeting ongoing increasing demand for vital neonatal healthcare resource; and have the capability to safely transport Blood, Plasma, Platelets, Samples, Vaccines, Donor Breast milk, Surgical Equipment, Apparatus, Organs, Medical Notes and/or any other similar time or condition-critical resources.
We’d be delighted if you decide to fundraise on our behalf!