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Arley medical services are the new provider for the night time triage service in Coventry.
The service provides medical support during weekend evenings to minimise the number of attendances to the Accident and Emergency Unit.
The team will be based in the Ikea car park on Friday evenings from midnight - 3am and will be providing first aid support and treatment for those who may be vulnerable.
The service is part of the city’s strategy to reduce the harm caused by drugs and alcohol and provides an extra service that supports people when they are often at their most vulnerable after enjoying a night out. It can help identify people who may need support. It is co-funded by Coventry City Council and Coventry and Rugby Clinical Commissioning Group.
Cllr Kamran Caan, Cabinet Member for Public Health and Sport, says: “The night time triage service is hugely important in our work to keep Coventry streets safe at nights, reduce attendances to A&E caused by alcohol or drug related harm.
“We are working with Arley Medical services moving forward in our mission to provide widespread support to people in the city.”
Established in 2010, Arley Medical services has grown to become a leading provider of event medical and first aid services throughout the UK.
The service began operating on Friday 3 November.
Dave Johns, Operations Director at Arley Medical services, says: “This exciting project builds on our many years of experience providing medical cover at festivals and large licensed venues, as well as Students' Unions.
As a local company, we're very proud to be involved with this initiative that will make a real difference to the community. Our dedicated city centre crews are also going to be able to help ease the impact on the UHCW A&E department by having the time to treat patients with minor injuries on scene, thus reducing pressure on emergency ambulances across the city.”
Dr Adrian Canale-Parola, Chair of Coventry and Rugby Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) added: “NHS urgent and emergency care services provide life-saving and life-changing care for patients who need medical help quickly and unexpectedly.
“We know our accident and emergency departments are under increasing pressure so having a night-time triage service in place will help to support some of our most vulnerable patients get safe and effective care when they need it.”
Further information on Arley Medical services can be found on their website: http://arleymedicalservices.co.uk/