25 April 2016 – Successful ‘Night Safe Haven’ Scheme Extended in Blackpool

Blackpool’s successful ‘Night Safe Haven’ initiative for revelers and visitors which offers support to vulnerable people in the town centre during the night has been extended.

Nigth Safe Team

Picture: Our Night Safe Haven Team

The scheme is coordinated by North West Ambulance Service and commissioned by both Blackpool and Fylde and Wyre Clinical Commissioning Groups. Running for over five years ‘Night Safe Haven’ offers immediate safety and medical attention at a town centre focal point aimed at reducing the number of patients admitted to Blackpool Victoria Hospital’s Emergency Department due to alcohol related injuries.

The next wave of the scheme began on Saturday 23 April and will run for 30 consecutive Saturday nights and reopening during four key weekends in the run up to Christmas and New Year. The initiative, which is also supported by Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Drug line Blackpool and St John Ambulance, will run from 21:30 hrs until 03:30 hrs since being identified as the busy period for the town centre.

Night Safe Ambulance

Dave Rigby, NWAS Sector Manager for Blackpool, said: “It’s great the scheme has been extended once again and we can take the brilliant expertise of our professionals and partners to Blackpool town centre in the months ahead.

“The ‘Night Safe Haven’ initiative has had a great deal of success in the past, even receiving local and national recognition. We work with our partners to provide much needed support to people who have consumed too much alcohol, experienced physical violence, taken drugs or have lost their friends and family.

“Blackpool is a particularly popular night-time destination and has been identified as a hotspot making this service extremely cost-effective each year. This proactive approach helps us prevent numerous emergency department admissions and provides relief to other local medical services at a time when we are experiencing a significant rise in life-threatening calls for ambulances.”

Located on the apron outside Blackpool Town Hall, the Night Safe Haven also offers advice on drug use, safe sex and how to find help/sign posting for various issues along with mental health. Provisions are also supplied including foil blankets, water, condoms and even slippers for ladies who have removed their heels.