Teesside Medicar scheme extended
An innovative scheme to help people injured in late night incidents on Teesside is to be extended.
The Medicar is a joint initiative involving Cleveland Police and the North East Ambulance Service (NEAS) and currently operates on Friday nights from 7.30pm to 3.30am.
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.
It has been running since October 2018 and from the weekend of November 29/30 it will also operate on Saturday nights.
Previously both the police and the ambulance service 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.
NEAS Clinical Operations Manager Daryen Lemmon said:
“Due to the success of the scheme over the last 12 months, we have decided to operate the Medicar on Saturday nights too. 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.”
Assistant Chief Officer of Cleveland Police Special Constabulary Rob Lynas said: “The Medicar shows partnership working at its best.
“I have personally seen some examples of great work and incidents where life-saving treatment was administered whilst further help was on route. I have also seen where the scheme has prevented further deployment of resources from either police or ambulance and Medicar can reduce demand on both services.
“The Medicar has been first on scene for a range of jobs, from an attempted murder to medical emergencies. We’re pleased to be able to extend the scheme and continue responding jointly to incidents which require both services.”
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.