Nottingham Business Improvement District (BID) has purchased 100 medical kits, at a total cost of £6,600, for distribution around Nottingham city centre. These will be strategically placed around the city in areas such as shopping centres, shops, bars, pubs, restaurants, clubs and entertainment venues. They will also be provided to groups that operate in the city centre such as Nottingham BID’s team of street ambassadors, the street pastors and taxi marshals as well as to the city centre neighbourhood policing teams and CPOs.
The aim is to equip people with items they can use in the event of someone being seriously injured. This is a joint initiative with the East Midlands Major Trauma Centre at Queen’s Medical Centre (QMC), which is part of Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, with clinical experts from the trauma centre running free training sessions for people who work at the businesses and groups that will have the kits on their premises, to show them how best to use them. It is being supported by Nottinghamshire Police and Nottingham BID has provided a further £2,000 for specialist training equipment for the sessions.
Window stickers have also been produced by Nottingham BID for venues to display so that people can easily identify where a medical kit is available and on the websites of Nottingham BID, Nottinghamshire Police and East Midlands Ambulance Service a list of venues and organisations that have a medical kit will be listed.
Jeff Allen, chairman of Nottingham BID said: “It is an unfortunate fact that violent crime is on the increase in the UK. Nottingham has thankfully suffered less from this than other major cities. While we believe strongly that education and prevention are key for reducing violence, it is still essential that as a city we are properly prepared. This initiative follows closely on the heels of the BID’s installation of defibrillators across the city and is part of the ongoing programme of working with partners to improve safety and wellbeing in the city.”
Adam Brooks, is clinical director for the East Midlands Major Trauma Centre, based at QMC, which is the busiest trauma centre in the country with some of the strongest outcomes for the most critically injured patients. He said: “We have a responsibility to work with our partners across the city to do all we can to tackle violent crime, including knife crime, and prevent unnecessary injuries and loss of life. This training course – called ‘Stop the Bleed’ – is unique in the NHS and the first time clinical teams from an NHS Trust have taught the local community who may find themselves being bystanders, the training and necessary skills that could save more lives by knowing how to stop bleeding.”
Inspector Anwaar Ahmed, Inspector for Community Protection at Nottinghamshire Police, said: “Nottinghamshire Police and partners work extremely hard to prevent and enforce against violent crime and this initiative is a great example of partners coming together to come up with an innovative response to the issue that could potentially save lives.”
“If the worst should happen and someone is seriously injured by violence or a serious accident these medical kits will ensure victims can be given swift treatment on the spot while the emergency services are on their way.”