PARAMEDICS are working wi th special constables in Sheffield city centre at weekends to provide a quick response for revellers who have suffered booze-fuelled injuries or illness.
The late-night pairing scheme is being run by Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust and South Yorkshire Police following successes in other cities across the region.
Alan Baranowski, assistant director of accident and emergency operations for the ambulance service in South Yorkshire, said: “Unfortunately a lot of 999 calls received in busy town and city centres on evenings at weekends are alcohol-related and are usually for those who have had too much to drink, fallen over or got into a fight.
“Most of the time these people require treatment for only minor cuts or bruises so the benefit of this scheme is that it allows the paramedic to treat patients at the scene with the reassurance that the police are on hand to handle any difficult situations and keep public order.
“People who are injured are seen quicker, the police have a paramedic immediately on scene, the number of unnecessary trips to the hospital emergency department is reduced and our ambulances are left to deal with more serious emergencies.
“This scheme makes for a really good partnership.”
Inspector Alex Murthi, from South Yorkshire Police’s City Centre Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “Working together we will deliver a co-ordinated and concerted approach to ensure we deal swiftly and effectively with alcohol-related incidents and injuries safely, and reduce the likelihood of potentially violent situations.”
The scheme will run every Friday and Saturday night in Sheffield city centre.
It will also be extended to bank holiday weekends and occasions when large crowds are expected in the city centre such as football derbies, gigs and other events attracting alcohol-fuelled crowds.