Rotary Club of Shrewsbury GUEST SPEAKER – Mike Kinna
Mike Kinna with President Pat McLaughlin
At the Rotary Club of Shrewsbury luncheon meeting on 21 September 2016, our speaker was retired vicar Mike Kinna, a life-long motorcyclist, who gave us a talk on the subject of Blood Bikes. This is a free out-of-hours service that makes urgent medical deliveries across Shropshire and Staffordshire. They transport bloods, medical notes, bone marrow, breast milk and other medical samples to all the local hospitals as well as to hospices and to the Air Ambulance service. The concept of the Blood Bike service was first established in 1962 by Margaret Eyerson and the National Association of Blood Bikes was set up in 2010. The local group was established in 2014 and, since then, has made 2,485 deliveries saving the NHS some £80,000 per annum. The group is entirely funded through voluntary contributions and receives no grants. Mike explained how the operation worked through the controllers and with all the motorcyclists, who must be of Advanced experience, receiving training. The shifts are normally of 12 hours to suit each volunteer’s requirements and, because they work primarily at night, they are regarded as the ‘unseen emergency service’. Summary report by Rotarian Pam Bowen
The Rotary Club of Shrewsbury heard a talk by Mike Kenna about Blood Bikes on 21 Sept 2016.