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First aid on SOS Bus means fewer ambulances called to Colchester town centre
4:00pm Saturday 31st August 2013 in News
THE number of ambulances sent to Colchester town centre on Friday and Saturday nights has halved thanks to the town’s SOS Bus.
From April last year NHS North East Essex, now NHS North Essex, agreed to provide first aid services from Emergency Doctors on the bus, parked on Colchester’s High Street every Friday and Saturday night.
The company is able to provide more first aid such as suture stitches on the bus, meaning fewer people require a journey to Colchester General Hospital.
Taxpayer’s money is saved every time an ambulance call-out is not required.
The Emergency Doctors work with around 50 active volunteers, who offer at least one night a month to help revellers who have had too much to drink,
Between April and December 2011, there were 101 ambulances called to Colchester town centre on Saturday nights between 9pm and 4am.
But between April 2012 and March 23, this figure had dropped to just 49.
There was a similar picture on Saturday night, when the numbers dropped from 93 to 40.
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