Medical Tents Set Up In Cambs

17 December 2010, 06:00 | Updated: 17 December 2010, 14:25

Medical tents are being set up in Cambridge and Peterborough on several nights over the Christmas period.

Each tent will house the care facility workers and medical equipment needed to treat any intoxicated and vulnerable people.

The aim is to reduce pressure on hospital accident and emergency departments and improve public safety.

Both care facility teams will be made up of staff from the East of England Ambulance Services NHS Trust, St John Ambulance and Cambridgeshire Constabulary.

A Territorial Army medical team will also be on-hand at the facility in Cambridge.

Vulnerable people will be directed to the facility by police or pub and club workers who are in contact via a radio channel.  

Four tents will be accessible in Laxton Square, Peterborough, from 10 pm until 4 am on Friday 17 December, Saturday 18 December, and New Year's Eve.

It will also be available from 8 pm until 2 am on Christmas Eve.  

In Cambridge, a care facility will be set up at the junction of Petty Cury and Sidney Street on Friday, December 17 and Friday, December 31.

This is the first time such a facility will be housed in Peterborough.

Medical tents have been run in Cambridge for six years.