By: 31 July 2018
New home for NHS transport charity Blood Bikes Wales


A South Wales business has stepped in to help a local health charity that had been struggling to find new premises


Previously based at Royal Glamorgan Hospital, site changes meant that the charity Blood Bikes Wales had to quickly find a new base. Fortunately, Talbot Green-based Hospital Innovations was able to step in and offer them permanent new premises.

The services provided by Blood Bikes Wales are essential to the day-to-day running of the NHS. Based in South Wales, the Blood Bikes Wales services facilitate hospitals across the whole of Wales, the Midlands and South West England.

Providing their premises as an operations base for the charity is further indication of the commitment of Hospital Innovations to helping both the local community and the NHS in Wales provide essential services.

Blood Bikes Wales is a UK-registered charity that provides the NHS with voluntary out-of-hours transport services, moving blood supplies, plasma, documents and other items between hospitals.

The services provided by the charity – which depends on members of the community volunteering their spare time to the cause – ensure that the blood samples of cancer patients can be dealt with increasingly efficiently.

On the move, Blood Bikes Wales Mid-area rep Andrew Morgan said: “The news that Blood Bikes Wales Mid-area will have a new permanent home is positive for both the charity and the community that we proudly serve.

“The hard work of our volunteers results in substantial savings for the NHS which can be used to deliver frontline patient care.

“The new relationship with Hospital Innovations provides certainty for the organisation and the vital voluntary services we deliver for years to come.”

The charity works with six NHS trusts across Wales and utilises the experience and time of volunteer bike riders to deliver a dependable service that enables the NHS to make substantial savings that would be incurred by using alternative forms of transport, such as the police, the ambulance service, taxis and couriers.

Speaking about the decision, Hospital Innovations’ Managing Director, Phil Davies, said: “Being able to provide Blood Bikes Wales with a permanent new home means that this amazing charity will have the stability of guaranteed premises from which to operate as they continue to deliver their vital activities.

“Supporting the selfless volunteers at Blood Bikes Wales, is an exciting opportunity for Hospital Innovations and we look forward to witnessing their work first-hand.”

Hospital Innovations is a Human Tissue Authority (HTA) licensed supplier of specialist products used in orthopaedic and corrective surgeries and works in partnership with four of the world’s leading tissue banks.

The Rhondda Cynon Taff-based company specialises in creating innovative, safe and effective solutions to hospitals and clinics across the globe.