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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.

Papworth’s transfusion laboratory staff stablished a valuable partnership with SERVSC in February 2012.

Transfusion Practitioner Michaela Lewin said: "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.