Courier work is not always carried out to transport only packages and documents from one place to another. You will be surprised to know that there is another type of courier than the one you send your gifts through – a medical courier. So what exactly is it that a medical courier does?
A medical courier is an individual who delivers patients’ specimens, lab reports and other related medical documents from one place to another. He usually drives a vehicle (truck, van or car, depending on the type of item that needs to be transported) and it is his responsibility to make sure that whatever he is handed, reaches its destination without problems. Medical couriers need to be very responsible and manage their time well – since they often have to transport specimens / samples which may spoil after a given time, they are required to be conscientious of time.
While one does not really need any licensing (apart from a valid driver’s license) to work as a medical courier service, some security clearance may be needed to work at this position. Medical couriers often transport donor organs from one facility to another and the company would not want to hire someone who is not trustworthy. There are no formal educational requirements to work as a medical courier but a high school diploma may come in handy.
See also: Sample Resume for Medical Courier
At this position, you will be performing some or all of the following duties:
• Study orders for delivery of specimens, organs and medical documents
• Understand specific instructions provided pertaining to care and time allowance
• Ascertain that specimens and documents are properly packed so that they can be transported safely
• Place items in cold storage within the vehicle (or as instructions detail) and ensure that they are secured safely
• Ascertain that medical documents are properly secured in dockets – count number of pages to ensure that as many papers are delivered
• Take orders for delivering items to specified destinations and understand the need for urgency
• Ascertain all accompanying documents such as receipts are kept along with items
• Chart out appropriate route on the GPS or map to make sure that the least amount of time is taken to reach the destination
• Drive vehicle to the destination in a safe manner, keeping time of delivery in mind
• Deliver items and documents to the assigned person and take signatures on receipts
• Give headquarters a heads up as soon as deliveries are made
• Perform preventative and general maintenance on vehicle so that it does not breakdown midway