Police and paramedics are joining forces to help keep Christmas revellers in Chesterfield safe.
Emergency services hope to reduce unnecessary admissions to emergency departments as part of a campaign to prevent alcohol harm.
Derbyshire Constabulary and East Midlands Ambulance Service are running the ‘PolAmb’ and triage to provide a safe, mobile first aid point and prevent trips to the emergency department.
The ‘PolAmb’ is a fast response vehicle staffed by a police officer and community paramedics on Friday and Saturday nights.
It responds to calls coming in to both police and the ambulance service control rooms about incidents in the town and city centre.
This allows paramedics to offer early medical assessment and treatment of people who are injured or taken ill in the town centre whilst allowing the police early intervention to deal with any crime or disorder related to the incidents attended.
There is also a heated outdoor triage where minor injuries can be treated to reduce unnecessary admissions to the emergency department.
The scheme will run on December 21, 22, Christmas Eve, and New Year’s Eve when night time activity in pubs and clubs will be at its peak.
There will also be two police officers based in the emergency department in Chesterfield Royal Hospital on those nights to prevent any anti-social behaviour or violence.
The ‘PolAmb’ and triage are running as part of the countywide ‘Where will your night end?’ campaign.
The campaign is a joint initiative between police, Derbyshire County Council, Derby City Council and community safety partnerships across the county.
It aims to reduce alcohol related harm among Christmas partygoers by reminding them how it could end if they drink too much alcohol – in a police cell, in the emergency room or event before it’s started.
Superintendent Gary Parkin, who leads on the prevention of alcohol harm for Derbyshire police, said: A lot of the incidents we are called to over the Christmas period affect both agencies and this scheme allows us to work together with the ambulance service and best utilise our resources.
“Not only will it reduce unnecessary admissions to the emergency room it will help to reduce violence and anti-social behaviour and reassure staff and members of the public visiting the town centre.
“We want people to enjoy the festive season but please be responsible and know your limits when drinking alcohol.”
Licensees and door staff are also aware of its presence and will direct the ‘walking wounded’ to the unit for treatment, rather than ringing for an ambulance.
For more information about the ‘Where will your night end?’ campaign and tips on how to stay safe during a night out go to www.derbyshire.police.uk.