An innovative scheme to help people injured in late night incidents on Teesside has been extended.
The Medicar is a joint initiative between ourselves and Cleveland Police. It has been running since October last year and used to operate on Friday nights from 7.30pm to 3.30am., but from the weekend of November 29/30 it is also operating on Saturday nights.
The vehicle is manned by special constables and paramedics and allows both emergency services to respond more quickly to incidents such as assaults, people being taken ill and road traffic collisions.
Previously we would respond separately to an incident. The Medicar is fitted with equipment from both services, including a defibrillator, so that people can be helped more quickly while deciding whether further support is needed at the scene.
It means that we can treat patients more quickly while at the same time use our resources more effectively. It’s an excellent example of emergency services working together to help our local communities.
During the first year of the trial the Medicar team has responded to more than 200 incidents. By attending an incident, 146 ambulances have been stood down – freeing them up to attend other incidents and the Medicar team has taken 34 patients to hospital.