Category Archives: Blood Service

The blood services are responsible for moving human blood around the country. They coordinate the collection of people’s blood and its subsequent transportation. Some services are charities that use volunteers; other services are run by the NHS.

KL07 LZT This Ford Mondeo estate is used by Amvale …

KL07 LZT This Ford Mondeo estate is used by Amvale Medical based in Scunthorpe. They have contracts with NHS hospitals to transport organs as well as taking teams of surgeons to other hospitals. It is fitted with a blue light bar on the roof and is classed as an ambulance.
The rear view of the Mondeo, showing the transplant logo on the rear portion.
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This Honda ST1300P is used by Freewheelers, a charitable …

This Honda ST1300P is used by Freewheelers, a charitable medical transportation service. The bike is used to transport human blood and any other small medical items that are required by hospitals. The blue light are only used in exceptional circumstances when human life is at stake.
The rear view of the 53-reg bike. The registration has been partially disguised here.
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WX53 ZLY Here is a 55-registration …

WX53 ZLY Here is a 55-registration Ford Transit Connect and a 53-registration DAF truck both belonging to the National Blood Service. They both carry the same livery of a wide red stripe. The truck is a ‘bloodmobile’ which allows people to donate blood in a mobile hospital-style environment. The Transit Connect is used to carry around supplies of blood and related paraphernalia.
The rear view of the Ford Transit Connect. It carries a full-width light bar at the front of the roof and has two repeater blue lights at the rear of the roof. The Road Traffic Act permits the NBS to use blue flashing lights when an urgent request comes in from a hospital. However they cannot break the speed limit when using them which can sometimes appear unusual to following drivers.
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RO04 EWA This Honda Pan European 1300 is …

RO04 EWA This Honda Pan European 1300 is the second marked vehicle to be used by SERV (Service by Emergency Rider Volunteers). This volunteer organisation delivers blood products to hospitals across Southern England at night, when NHS services are limited. It carries ‘blood’ wording and blue flashing lights.
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GP05 MVS This is a Honda Deauville belonging to …

GP05 MVS This is a Honda Deauville belonging to SERV. It has green and yellow checker markings and clear ‘blood’ wording. There are no emergency warning lights.
The rear view of the Deauville in use. The National Blood Service box is securely attached behind the rider. You can see that there are lots of ’emergency blood’ signs, and the SERV logo has also been added to the panniers.
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W707 XVS To move a small amount of blood …

W707 XVS To move a small amount of blood or people, the NBS use cars and mpv’s. This Vauxhall Zafira multi-purpose vehicle carries a red and yellow chequered stripe with large ‘blood’ wording. The roof is marked with ‘NBS’ to distinguish this vehicle from a police or ambulance vehicle from the air.
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MX03 GUF This Ford Focus TDCi estate is used …

MX03 GUF This Ford Focus TDCi estate is used for the urgent transportation of blood by the National Blood Service.
The front view. Notice the slim blue light bar and the blue strobe light next to the rear view mirror. You can also see the roof markings stating ‘urgent blood’.
The side view of the same car. The NBS originally had a wide blue stripe down the sides of their vehicles (both emergency, and non-emergency), examples of which can be seen in other blood service pages. More recently, they have adopted a (very appropriate) wide red stripe. This rapid deployment vehicle has a third livery of red and yellow battenburg, which is similar in appearance to some fire service cars.
The rear and nearside views. The ‘phone number, website address and ‘NHS’ logo can all be seen.
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P86 YJR is not a blood service vehicle, but …

P86 YJR is not a blood service vehicle, but it does do a similar job. This ambulance is used solely for the transportation of human organs. The drivers are on call to respond to organ transportation emergencies. There may be a liver at ‘A’ wanted by a patient at ‘B’; and it’s life span outside of a human body is severely limited.
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