SERV S&SL are looking to recruit local car drivers for a new fixed supply run each evening for our fellow SERV regions, Kent and Sussex. This is so that SERV SSL can release other resources to continue the reliable and regular service to our own hospitals. This is an ideal opportunity for those who may have considered joining us in the past but who could not commit to being on duty all through the night. Starting from the 31st of March, the nightly exchange run will entail the following:
- Collection of products from NHS Blood & Transplant, Tooting – this may be multiple boxes of blood, platelets and plasma.
- Exchange at our handover point with representatives from Kent and/or Sussex.
- Possible exchange of Medical Samples to return to NHS Blood & Transplant, Tooting (if no return run then you will head home from the handover point).
Once trained, you will be assigned (with your agreement) one night a fortnight to cover this duty (more if you wish). There is an expectation of commitment and, if you cannot make your rostered duty for any reason, as much advance notice as possible is required, together with effort to swap the shift with another volunteer.
On your duty night you will call in and be assigned tasks for the night by the duty controller. Some nights, we may not have received any requests from Kent or Sussex and you may be stood down. Other nights, you’ll take products to our handover point and then take samples back to Tooting. That’s the luck of the draw!
Please note that no expenses are paid; like the rest of our volunteers, you donate your time, fuel, wear and tear to a good cause and the get the pleasure of knowing that you probably saved a life or two tonight.
The handover point is a comfortable 30 minute drive from Tooting using our tested route, so your duty should not take longer than 3 hours, including travelling time to and from home, on the worst night.
If you are still interested in joining us as a committed and dedicated car driving blood runner, or you have any further questions, please get in touch with our Recruitment Secretary Graham Browning on 07432 221981 or firstname.lastname@example.org