RD&E meeting update - Devon and Cornwall

Written by  Wednesday, 01 December 2010 18:45
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Daniel Lavery met with the senior officials from the Procurement Department of the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospitals at Heavitree Hospital today to sign the new Service Level Agreement for Devon Freewheelers EVS. As of today we are now on-call to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit which is based in the Women's Health building at the Royal Devon and Exeter Wonford site.

In order to ensure smooth operations and to fulfil our requirements under our health and safety policy, please be aware that Blood Bikes attending the Wonford site will encounter various construction activities which are on going until the New Year.

Approaching the site from 'Countess Wear Road' to Barrack Road, Response Riders should use the SECOND entrance to safely access Women's Health building, which is signed MATERNITY AND NEONATAL UNIT. This entrance is an emergency vehicle route and will always remain clear until further notice. As work progresses, this route will change and Devon Freewheelers will be advised accordingly.

Furthermore, as Wonford is home to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, any riders responding to Emergency calls from Wonford or completing the call at Wonford, must switch off all blues and twos before entering the site. Their standard operating procedure requires all emergency vehicles to adhere to the site speed limits and not illuminate any emergency vehicle lighting until you are exiting the main entrance to the site.

Other news.... whilst the meeting was taking place, the topic of blood transport was introduced and the Procurement Department have requested Devon Freewheelers to extend the offer of help to the county of Cornwall.

At the early stages of the negotiations some months ago, Daniel Lavery had suggested a mileage charge of thirty three pence per mile outside the Devon borders after being advised this is what other groups are doing. Following a conversation with Mike Belch, the vice-chair of the Weston Freehwheelers EVS and a member of the Nationwide Association of Blood Bikes, it is the NABB's view that hospitals should not be charged at all, and Daniel agrees.

It was agreed at the meeting therefore that Blood transport to Cornwall would never be turned down because of the risk of a charge. Daniel explained to the RD&E that we have members in Cornwall who are itching to get involved and would love the service to be operational in that county.

His only concerns to commitment at the moment is the lack of a bike in the county and the costs of covering both counties, which at the moment may have a knock on affect of the Devon operations. It was suggested that if the Co-ordinator receives a call for Cornwall it would require consideration on its own merits and that any Cornish calls should be restricted to emergencies at the moment. This was agreed.

Looking ahead Daniel advised the board that he would notify the group regarding the urgency to push ahead with the Cornish contingency, as covering the County of Cornwall was always part of our plans and ask the Cornish members to push hard in their fund raising effort for the purchase of a dedicated Blood Bike for the county of Cornwall.

He explained that the way DFW was set up, there would be no requirements to change anything, even the charity commission records our operational area's being national. A member of the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly NHS Primary Care Trust who happened to be present at the meeting commended all of the volunteers from DFW and is very much looking forward to the introduction of our services to their Trust as well.

Details of all present were exchanged and the atmosphere could only be described as ecstatic.

Something to think about...

Daniel Lavery

Dan is the founder of Devon Freewheelers since the creation of the charity he has worn many hats to ensure the charity has moved forward and evolved with the needs. Dan devotes his time to the charity and somehow finds time to add articles to the site.