Posted on 19th December 2013
Party-goers in Derby city centre will be able to seek help from the police or medical professionals during the run-up to Christmas thanks to a new temporary triage room.
Derbyshire police, Derby City Council, East Midlands Ambulance Service, the Royal Derby Hospital and Street Pastors have created a room in the city centre for anyone who needs minor medical treatment or wants to speak to a professional for help.
The room will be open from 9pm on December 20, 21, 24 and 31, closing at 5am the following morning.
Inspector Andrea Parkin said: “We want people to enjoy their night out but we encourage responsible drinking. However, we do recognise that things can get out of hand and when this happens it’s a real pull on the emergency services.
“Sometimes, people may need help contacting a friend or relative to get home safely or they may require treatment for a minor injury and this is what the triage room will provide, preventing the need for calls to the police or trips to accident and emergency.
“It will be staffed by a range of professionals on the evenings when we expect to see higher demand for service than usual.”
Pete Ripley from East Midlands Ambulance Service said: “I welcome this scheme because the festive period is an extremely busy time for us. It will definitely help ease the pressure on frontline crews allowing them to get to patients with life-threatening illnesses or injuries much quicker.”
Councillor Paul Bayliss, leader of Derby City Council, added: “We are proud to be involved in this partnership project and pleased to provide a space where the triage team can carry out their very valuable work. Our city has been awarded a Purple Flag in recognition of its great night-time economy, and we want people to come and enjoy Derby’s nightlife over the festive period. The vast majority will do so in a sensible way but, for those who don’t, it’s comforting to know that the temporary triage team will be there to look after them and keep them safe.”
David Ainsworth, general manager for acute medicine at Derby Hospitals, said: "At this busy time of year, we are always looking for ways to keep people away from our A&E, so our staff can do what they do best; saving lives. This initiative is an excellent example of public services coming together to provide effective ways of managing people who become unwell through too much alcohol consumption or who are vulnerable in some way.
“Being together in one centre means we can save time for ambulance crews and police who would normally need to travel to the Royal Derby Hospital to carry out their duties. It's great to see street pastors joining us in this venture.”