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Salisbury Street Pastors ask New Year revellers to take care

Salisbury Street Pastors Dec 2016 5 (Brian Percey)

9:10am 31st December 2017

Salisbury's Street Pastors will be out on an extra patrol tonight (New Years Eve, Sunday December 31st) - and helping to take the pressure of the District Hospital's A and E department too.

The volunteers from local churches will be supporting the emergency services and security staff on one of their busiest nights of the year.

But they'll also be running their triage centre at Salisbury Baptist Church on Brown Street again as co-ordinator Brian Percey explains:

"We'll have a couple of nurses, we'll have an ambulance. Quite a lot of the stuff that we deal with, we can do in-house. But it also means that we're in town and we've got those emergency services right where they're needed, so that takes the pressure off the health service."

As well as the nurses and ambulance, there'll also be a doctors and paramedics on hand to help treat patients.

Salisbury Street Pastors Dec 2016 3 (Brian Percey)

Salisbury city centre's expected to be very busy tonight with New Year party-goers, so there's a plea for us to look after ourselves and each other.

The triage service has been run for the last few years with great success, to help anyone with minor injuries on site, rather than having to clog up Salisbury District Hospital's A and E.

Here's Salisbury Street Pastors co-ordinator Brian Percey:

"If somebody falls off a kerb and twists their ankle, obviously if they think they've broken it, they'll have to go to hospital and have it X-rayed, but if it's only twisted and it just needs bandaging, we can do that. It leaves A&E to deal with the real emergencies and get on with what they're doing every day of the year."

BUSY YEAR FOR STREET PASTORS:

2017 has been a good one for Salisbury's service - they've recruited 5 new volunteers into the fold, without losing many either.

There are 47 Street Pastors in Salisbury altogether and 20 of those have been involved since the start in 2009.

Salisbury Street Pastors Dec 2016 1 (Brian Percey)

They've carried out patrols at events like the Summer and Winter Solstices at Stonehenge, as well as their regular work in Salisbury on Friday and Saturday nights.

If you'd like to find out more, you can visit their website at streetpastors.org

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