If you’re a trustee with Blood Bikes then the occasional call from a hospital is not unusual. Our phone system passes the call on to a backup volunteer if the duty controller is busy.
But the call I received last Saturday was out of the ordinary and it piqued my interest. The call was from Katie who works for the #NHS in the Midlands. Katie had already spoken with the Blood Bikes Wales duty controller, Adrienne about arranging a relay of human milk from a home address in #Powys to a hospital in the #Midlands.
This is the unusual part. Blood Bikes Wales are well practiced at doing what we call ‘milk runs’. Often this involves our fellow volunteers in Midland Freewheelers Blood Bikes who carry frozen human milk from the milk bank in Birmingham to a rendezvous point near Ross-on-Wye.
On other occasions, such as last Friday we collect from donor’s homes and take the donated milk to a human milk bank, say The Milk Bank at Chester or The Hearts Milk Bank hub at #Singleton for screening and distribution. Find out more here
But this job was different. We were carrying from a home address directly to a hospital, that is unusual.
I caught up with Katie earlier this week. Baby had been in another hospital closer to home but transferred to the Midlands for special care. Mum had expressed milk at home but this was urgently required by the hospital to help care for the baby. We were only too happy to help.
Within minutes of the phone call last Saturday, controller Adrienne had contacted the Midland Freewheelers controller Amanda and set up a relay using our rider Chris and the Midland rider David. All volunteers, all free to our NHS.
And baby is doing well. Donors are always needed though so click on the links above if you would like to find out more.