Scottish courier firm keeps wheels rolling in Glasgow thanks to NHS work

Essential health work is keeping a courier firm’s fleet on the roads around Glasgow during lockdown.

By Scott Reid
Saturday, 18th April 2020, 7:30 am
This hybrid electric vehicle is the pride of the Eagle Courier 35-strong vehicle fleet in Glasgow. Picture: Wullie Marr Photography
This hybrid electric vehicle is the pride of the Eagle Courier 35-strong vehicle fleet in Glasgow. Picture: Wullie Marr Photography

Drivers with Eagle Couriers have seen a sharp increase in the range and numbers of deliveries they are making for hospices, hospitals, clinics, the blood transfusion service and various other frontline health services.

They are also being called on regularly to ferry vital medicines to the homes of cancer patients and to deliver palliative care drugs to care homes across Greater Glasgow.

Murray Hogarth, dispatch control manager with Eagle Couriers, said: “Like any company, we are feeling the effects of the lockdown. It’s a difficult time because so many businesses have simply shut down and we have lost many regular contracts.

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“However, our work with the NHS is keeping us going. It is also giving the entire team a real sense of purpose.”

The firm also undertakes multiple daily jobs on behalf of Sandyford, the specialist reproductive and sexual health service for Greater Glasgow and Clyde.

One of Eagle Couriers’ longest standing contracts is with the Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service (SNBTS).

The firm is headquartered in Bathgate, West Lothian and has depots in both Glasgow and Edinburgh. It has a 75-strong fleet in Scotland.