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21 December 2017

The SERVSC blood runners saving lives and NHS resources

Blood donations are a life-saving necessity routinely delivered to hospitals across the UK, however there are occasions when blood is needed out of hours and urgently.

To facilitate this, Papworth receives outstanding, free-of-charge support from Service by Emergency Response Volunteers Suffolk and Cambridgeshire (SERVSC) – a charity that no matter what day, time or weather, will deliver blood and other clinical items to NHS hospitals.

Previously, Papworth Hospital relied exclusively on the delivery services of NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT), however in February 2012 Papworth’s transfusion laboratory staff established a valuable partnership with SERVSC.

Transfusion Practitioner Michaela Lewin said: "NHSBT provides an excellent service and we will continue to use them for some deliveries. In the past 12 months alone our laboratory staff’s work with SERVSC has saved the Trust £14,000. Their commitment is exceptional."

Cindy Dickerson, Chairman of SERVSC, said: “It never ceases to amaze me how generous our volunteers are and we wouldn’t be able to offer this service without their enthusiasm and loyalty.”

Since SERVSC began, they have carried out almost 5,000 delivery runs, saving the NHS an estimated £350,000. Although they currently have 100 active members, the charity is always seeking volunteers to keep their service running – please visit www.servsc.org.uk for more information.


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