RTE Guide Special Edition

The team at Bluebird Care have spent the last three days working hard at the National Ploughing Championships, New Ross, Co. Wexford. Well as it happens the team at RTÉ Guide were also there and they distributed a commemorative RTÉ Guide to all attendees. And we are delighted to say that three of our team members made the front cover. With  up to 200,000 people attending over the three days, it was yet another remarkable year for  Ireland’s biggest farming festival. Well done to all!

Regional Meeting of Public Health Nurses

Bluebird Care Tipperary and East Cork were delighted to sponsor today’s Departmental Meeting of Public Health Nurses which took place in Clonmel.

Up to 60 PHN’s and CRGN’s from throughout South Tipperary attended the conference with guest speaker Eamon Timmins, Communications Officer with Age Action talking about health and ageing in the community.

Andrew Jones, Director Bluebird Care Tipperary and East Cork, said, “Public health nurses act as an important point of access for community care services. Working closely with them on a daily basis in the provision of top quality care in the home and in the community, the team at Bluebird Care were delighted to come on board as a sponsor for the Departmental Meeting of Public Health Nurses taking place in South Tipperary”

Public health nurses are employed by Health Service Executive (HSE) to provide a range of health care services in the community. They are usually based in your local health centre and are assigned to cover specific geographical areas. They provide services in schools, in health centres, in day care and other community centres and in people’s homes.

Public health nursing teams provide basic nursing care as well as advice and assistance to their patients. Liaising with family doctors (GPs), practice nurses, hospitals, hospices and other health service providers public health nurses ensure that the needs of the patient are met by the overall health service.

For more information log onto: www.hse.ie

“The Community”

The fourth edition of “The Community” is brought to you full of news after what has been a very busy month.

Catch up on what’s new in the network, meet new members of the Bluebird Care team, find out what’s happening for the upcoming Positive Ageing Week, have a sneak peak at Age Action’s Tea Party season in full swing, see who’s delicious dishes made it to the Big Bake Off final this week and join the Bluebird care team at the National Ploughing Championships on Tuesday through to Thursday.

Please feel free to share our newsletter with your community http://conta.cc/TFDfBc  and as always feel free to get in touch.

Kind Regards,

Managing Director


Director of Bluebird Care Galway Sean Lyons presents the keys of Ireland’s first Blood Bike to Mike Carty of Blood Bike West. Also pictured is Becky Blight. The official launch takes place in Galway on Monday 8th October with Charley Boorman.

The West is set to benefit from Ireland’s first ‘blood bikes’ emergency medical  transportation service after an insurance firm provided its own vital lifeline.

The volunteer run Blood Bike West service, which is primarily sponsored by home care provider Bluebird Care, will be officially launched in Galway on October 8th.  Its ten strong team of riders and crew will primarily serve hospitals in the Health Service Executive’s Western Region, speedily delivering urgently needed blood, blood products, patient records, drugs and other medical requirements.

But the project nearly stalled when the service couldn’t get insurance cover to protect its volunteer riders and specially liveried Honda motorcycle Pan European ST1100, an ex-Metropolitan Police bike supplied by Bluebird Care. Thankfully chairman and founder Mike Carty was able to get it back on track by securing support from Carole Nash, one of Ireland’s biggest motorcycle insurance specialist: “Having the bike was a huge boost to our cause. With Bluebird Care coming on board it brought us forward six months. Then we were really struggling to get insurance but when Carole Nash heard about our plight they immediately rode to our rescue and became our official Insurance Partner,” he explains. “They’ve been a lifesaver because without insurance we simply could not operate what we believe will be a vital emergency transportation service, one which will help protect many, many lives.”

Carole Nash’s head of marketing, Rebecca Donohue, said the firm was delighted to be able to help. “When we heard of Blood Bike West’s insurance troubles we didn’t hesitate to offer our support because we know just how invaluable their service will be to medics and the patients they treat. Swift delivery of blood and other vital supplies can make the difference between life and death. Ours is a small contribution compared to the time and effort being committed by Mike and his fellow volunteers to protect lives and relieve sickness in the West.”

Bluebird Care Galway Director Sean Lyons says, “when approached by Blood Bikes to support this innovative project, we immediately jumped on board. In fact we believe this service has the potential to grow further and we look forward to working with the team here in the West.”

The founding of Blood Bike West follows the success of similar operations in the UK where motorcycle enthusiasts have created a network of regional blood bike services. Like those operation Blood Bikes West is dependent not just upon the goodwill of its volunteers but financial donation from the public and businesses. “Donations are our life blood,” says Mr. Carty adding that contributions can be made via the organisation’s website at www.bloodbikewest.ie.

Volunteers, medics and a celebrity biker Charley Boorman will officially launch the service at Huntsman Inn, Galway, on October 8th from 3.00pm.