Police and medics keep revellers safe

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POLICE and paramedics have teamed up in Chesterfield to keep people safe and reduce admissions to A&E over Christmas and New Year.

Derbyshire Constabulary and East Midlands Ambulance Service is running a mobile first aid and triage service in the town.

The scheme was run for the first time last year and involves a paramedic attending incidents in the town centre in a fast response car accompanied by a police officer.

It allows paramedics to assess and treat revellers injured or taken ill while police deal with crime or disorder.

There is also a triage point set up on Knifesmith Gate where minor injuries can be treated to reduce admissions to Chesterfield Royal Hospital’s A&E department.

Licensees and door staff have been urged to direct the ‘walking wounded’ to the unit for treatment, rather than ringing for an ambulance.

The scheme runs today, tomorrow and New Year’s Eve.

Insp Steve Ball said: “The function of this initiative will be to provide easy access to medical assessment and treatment, particularly in relation to excessive drunkenness.

“We also hope through effective use of resources it will help to reduce violence and anti-social behaviour and reassure staff and the public.”