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Mini A&E saved 24 hospital trips

MORE than 20 revellers were spared a trip to hospital thanks to a scheme which was piloted over the festive season.

MORE than 20 revellers were spared a trip to hospital thanks to a scheme which was piloted over the festive season.

On four nights during the Christmas period, a care point was set up in Solihull town centre. Police and medics were stationed at the triage and were able to help people who had injured themselves during a night out.

Described as a mini A&E, the care point treated a number of partygoers – including several who had fallen over and one who had trodden on broken glass.

The scheme was very successful and now the Solihull Partnership, which includes the council and local police, are hoping to make the care point a more familiar sight.

Inspector Phil Radbourne, from Solihull’s south neighbourhood team, said: “We had a vehicle staffed by medical professionals that dealt with minor injuries and over the four days involved it helped 27 people and saved 24 hospital visits, saving ambulance trips to hospital and waiting times.

“We are now looking to purchase a shelter that can be used in the town centre and at community events, wherever it is needed, with lighting and heating.”

 

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