However, they are currently being primarily deployed to take COVID-19 tests to medical laboratories.
“Our first runs of COVID samples started with our Sydney volunteer, Richard Alder, for St Vincents,” Peter says.
“It involved delivering consumables, label bags etc, picking up samples from the temporary testing stations and getting it to St Vincent’s Sydney laboratory for analysis.”
Tests ramped up
Two Bloodbikes Australia Brisbane volunteers have now stepped into the breach for Mater Pathology as thousands of residents of southern Brisbane and Logan City have queued up for hours to be tested following a new outbreak.
“Given the increased testing and the temporary, drive-through testing stations, the Mater Pathology couriers just couldn’t cover all the runs,” Peter says.
“Rather than delay analysis and results they called on Bloodbikes Australia, which is exactly our charter to fill in when all else fails.”
Peter has run samples from Metro Medical Centre Springfield Lakes and fellow volunteer Nick Carrigan has taken samples from a temporary testing centre in Cleveland.
Both are delivering the tests to the Mater Laboratory at Mater Hill in South Brisbane.
“It was so great to feel like you’re helping in the COVID fight rather than being an observer,” says Nick.
Peter says the Canberra Bloodbikes Australia Volunteers may soon be doing test runs for the Canberra Hospital.
He called on people in medical services to contact him about providing services.
He says volunteers can contact the Bloodbikes Australia Facebook as demand for their services ramps up with the second wave of coronavirus infections.