This is all set to change early this year when the KSS Air Ambulance becomes the first outside of London to carry blood to allow transfusion at the accident scene. KSS helicopters are not based at hospitals, however, so they need regular replenishment of supplies from local hospital blood banks. Which is where SERV comes in. SERV will take care of the daily transportation of blood from the hospital to the KSS bases, 365 days a year. As we recently reported, SERV provide this service at no cost to the National Health Service through unpaid volunteers on their 'Bloodbikes'. The charity has since become a familiar name to regular PHers thanks in part to the superb work of PHer Of The Year Mel Johnson and the Ali B Memorial Bike.
The equipment necessary to enable the Air Ambulance to take this step forward has been kindly provided by the Henry Surtees Foundation, which was set up by former F1 world champion John Surtees OBE in memory of his son Henry. As you may remember, Henry was tragically killed in a freak accident while driving in the Formula 2 championship at Brands Hatch on 19th July 2009; the KSS Air Ambulance attended the scene.
But the project needs help from PistonHeads, too. As we described in the appeal launch, SERV Kent are raising money to put a 'PH Bloodbike' on the fleet alongside the 'Ali B Memorial Bloodbike'. The additional bike will help ensure that SERV can maintain their existing blood, blood products and emergency medical supplies transport service as well as delivering the vital blood supplies to KSS Air Ambulance. Please donate by visiting the appeal's JustGiving page, or by texting "SERV60 £5" or "SERV60 £10" to 70070.
Nobody wants to have to call on the services of the air ambulance, but enabling them to provide the best possible accident scene care seems to be a no-brainer for any serious petrolhead.