Date lodged: 14 June 2017
To ask the Scottish Government how it utilises Blood Bikes Scotland in the transportation of blood and tissue samples, and what plans NHS Scotland has to increase its involvement.
Answered by: Aileen Campbell 22 June 2017
The Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service (SNBTS) is the specialist provider of blood, tissues and cell products in Scotland. They provide a free delivery service to hospitals 24 hours a day every day of the year. Therefore they do not use Blood Bikes Scotland.
It is a matter for individual NHS Boards to consider whether they enter into an agreement with Blood Bikes Scotland or a similar organisation to transport medical supplies between NHS facilities in their area. The Board would have to be content that the organisation met the relevant regulatory and safety requirements.