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Minor Injuries Unit in Birmingham

As the year draws to a close, West Midlands Ambulance Service along with St John Ambulance will be treating and mending party goers at a temporary minor injury unit (TMIU), in Birmingham City Centre during the festive season.

The TMIU will provide treatment to the walking wounded, patients suffering with minor illness and minor medical conditions and revellers who have had a bit too much to drink during the busiest party nights in December.

amb_smallThe units will be staffed by paramedics, volunteers from St John Ambulance, doctors and nurses and community first responders. Patients who arrive at the units by ambulance or by foot will receive fast and efficient treatment avoiding long waits in accident and emergency departments.

Mark Gough, Director of Service Delivery (South) for West Midlands Ambulance Service said: “The unit in Birmingham has continued to be a resounding success on bank holiday weekends since its launch in December 2007. It has so far helped to treat over 300 people suffering alcohol intoxication, suspected strains, sprains, cuts, bruises and medical conditions not necessarily in need of a trip to accident and emergency.

 “By reducing the number of patients going to local accident and emergency departments, ambulance crews are freed up to respond to patients with life threatening conditions and hospital staff can focus their efforts on looking after seriously ill patients.”

Paul Bytheway, St John Ambulance Commissioner Operations for the West Midlands, said: “St John Ambulance is always pleased to work in partnership with other agencies to ensure that the public can have fun safely.

“We have a total of ten highly skilled first aiders who will be volunteering their services at the units on each night during the festive period.”

The Birmingham unit will be located at the House of Sport on Broad Street on Friday 18th, Saturday 19th and Thursday 31st December and is operational between 9.00pm and 5.00am.

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