New blood bike base at Wincanton Community Hospital

Date: 24 April 2018

A new blood bike base has opened at Wincanton Community Hospital for the Yeovil Freewheelers thanks to support from the hospital’s matron and Friends of Wincanton Hospital.

The emergency volunteer bikers carry urgently needed medical items such as blood, medical notes, x-rays and medicines out of hours, vital work to help support the NHS and save patients.

It is the oldest operation blood bike group in England and this year is celebrating 40 years of supporting the NHS.

Last year, the volunteers made over 1,000 out-of-hours deliveries between hospitals in Somerset and Dorset, saving the NHS more than £100,000.

Thanks to fundraising, the group was able to purchase a much-needed fourth bike at the end of 2017 and to support its ever growing demand, Heather Ancill, matron at Wincanton Hospital and the Friends of Wincanton Hospital agreed that a second base could be built at the site.

A base in Wincanton means that the riders living in the east no longer have to go to Yeovil to pick up a bike – it means they can get straight on with their tasks meaning they can help patients quicker.

Heather said: “Having the Freewheelers bike shed at Wincanton Hospital will enhance the service provided by this very valuable charity to the east of their catchment area and the hospital itself. We look forward to working more closely with the Freewheelers and will do our best to support its fundraising.”

Yeovil Freewheelers is recruiting for Blood Bike volunteer. Email info@yeovil-freewheelers.co.uk to find out more.