Urgent medical and blood supplies can be transferred across the region and beyond thanks to an injection of funds from NHS Dumfries and Galloway.

The Endowment Committee granted life-saving charity, Dumfries and Galloway Blood Bikes, £22, 250 which was used to buy new motorbikes.

Consultant Clinical Biochemist, Dr Kim Heathcote said: “Our Laboratory Services team works under great pressure to produce accurate and timely results for patients that often prove lifesaving.

“Dumfries and Galloway Blood Bikes now provide us with a fully secure service where patient blood samples are transported between our hospitals within D&G and other NHS sites in a timely fashion, at short notice and regardless of the unsociable hours – and it’s all voluntary.

“Blood and other samples are handled with clinical precision, delivered between hospitals and other NHS sites quickly and at short notice regardless of the unsociable hours – and it’s all voluntary. We are delighted to see the charity benefit from this donation.”

David Hook, Chairman of Dumfries and Galloway Blood Bikes, said: “Make no mistake; having these two bikes in our fleet will save lives. We are delighted with the donation from NHS Dumfries and Galloway and the new bikes will help us to continue providing reliable and vital support for local health care services.

“Any donation we receive, no matter how big or small is important to us because ultimately that is what keeps the blood bikes on the road. The generosity and support we have received is overwhelming.”

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