Bikers travel thousands of miles to deliver urgently needed equipment to hospitals in Cornwall
Bikers from Cornwall drive thousands of miles to deliver urgently needed equipment to hospitals across the region.
The Cornwall Freewheelers deliver urgently needed blood, drugs and equipment free-of-charge to hospitals, including Peninsula Community Health (PCH).
The bikers work each day from 5pm until 7am, including unsociable hours, such as weekends, bank holidays and Christmas Day to courier medication, x-rays and equipment.
PCH Chair, Michael Williams said: ''The volunteers of Cornwall Freewheelers provide a vital service for hospital and community patients by transporting blood, medicines and equipment in the evenings and weekends.
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“The service is operated as a charity by a few public-spirited bikers who have made a real difference to patient safety and wellbeing.
“Peninsula Community Health, as a community interest company itself, is proud to work with Cornwall Freewheelers in improving healthcare in Cornwall''
The Cornwall Freewheelers take on 150 to 200 deliveries a month and travel between five and six thousand miles, making it their objective to relieve sickness and promote patient health by supporting nurses, according to the PCH.
They work to make it possible for nurses to move onto their next patient, rather than drive to Treliske to drop off blood samples.
In special circumstances they will deliver to and from a patient’s home.
Their service provides a massive saving to hospitals in contractor courier fees, taxi fares, front line ambulance crews and even air ambulances, according to the PCH.
As a charity the Cornwall Freewheelers need in the region of £25,000 a year to run its life saving service.
This sum will keep the existing fleet of emergency bikes on the road with maintenance and running costs.
The PCH is a not-for-profit company and provides community-based health services to adults in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.
The PCH provides NHS services through Community Hospitals, Minor Injuries Units and Community Nursing Teams.