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British Red Cross to help festive revellers in Chesterfield

For immediate release 21 December 2012
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British Red Cross volunteers will be helping festive revellers in Chesterfield to stay safe over the holidays with a special triage unit in the city centre.

The Red Cross is working with East Midlands Ambulance Service, local police officers and street pastors to help ease pressure on the A&E department at Chesterfield Royal Hospital.

Four volunteers will be on duty overnight between 9pm and 5am on 21, 22, 24, 29 and 31 December at a Red Cross mobile first aid unit stationed at the corner of Corporation Street and Holywell Street in Chesterfield town centre.

Each night, the Red Cross team will consist of two first aiders and two ambulance crew, as well as a Red Cross ambulance, and they will be accompanied by an EMAS paramedic.

They will be on hand to deal with minor injuries and to help ensure more serious emergencies are dealt with quickly.

Sue Thompson, British Red Cross emergency response senior service manager in Derbyshire, said: “Our highly-trained Red Cross volunteers are working closely with the ambulance teams, police community support officers and street pastors to help those who find themselves injured or unwell while out and about in Chesterfield over the festive period.

“We are expecting to see the kind of minor injuries that come at this time of year, such as people slipping over in icy weather, or those who may be suffering from the effects of alcohol.

“The aim is that we can help these people there and then, get more serious cases dealt with quickly and also help to ease the pressure on A&E, which is often busy at this time of year.”

Tim Slater, East Midlands Ambulance Service Assistant Director of Operations said: “We are pleased to be working with British Red Cross and Derbyshire Police to provide the right level of care to people over this busy festive period.

“The minor injury triage centre will enable us ensure the Chesterfield Royal Hospital A&E department, and our ambulance vehicles with life-saving equipment and crews on board are able to treat people in an emergency and serious situation more quickly.

 “We are experiencing peaks of high demand and I urge people to use the emergency 999 number and hospital emergency departments wisely. People can access details about their local health service via www.nhs.uk

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