'Take care' Xmas party-goers urged

Ambulance service staff have warned Christmas party-goers to look after themselves following a busy weekend treating people full of Christmas spirit.

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Ambulance staff are warning drinkers to be careful over the festive season after treating more than 100 people at a temporary minor injuries unit in Birmingham city centre

Ambulance service staff have warned Christmas party-goers to look after themselves following a busy weekend treating people full of Christmas spirit.

More than 100 people have been cared for by the Temporary Minor Injuries Unit (TMIU) in Birmingham city centre over the past couple of days.

As well as the usual catalogue of drink-related injuries, one of the most concerning cases came on Friday night, West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS) said.

A woman from Wales had been visiting the city and was due to return home. But she had too much to drink, became separated from her friends, did not have her mobile phone, and her personal belongings were in a locker at New Street railway station.

She was cared for at the unit until the effects of the alcohol wore off and she was then taken to New Street station on Saturday morning to continue her journey home.

Hers was just one of 46 cases dealt with while the unit was operating during Friday night and the early hours of Saturday morning, WMAS said.

In addition to looking after office party revellers who had had too much to drink, medics also glued and stitched wounds suffered in falls and assaults.

On Saturday night, the unit, which has returned to the city for its seventh year, responded to 62 patients including cuts from broken glass and injuries suffered in assaults.

A WMAS spokesman said: "Once again, the value of the unit has been proven, looking after over 100 people over the two nights. Those are 100 people that could have ended up in a city centre A&E department.

"What it also demonstrates is the risk that some people are prepared to take in the name of having a good time.

"We certainly want everyone to enjoy themselves, but it is important that you look after yourself and, if you are out with friends, look after each other.

"The TMIU will return on New Year's Eve when we will once again be looking after those who need our help."

The TMIU is a partnership venture with WMAS paramedics, technicians, Central Accident Resuscitation Emergency (Care) Team nurses and doctors, Fastaid community first responders and volunteers from the British Red Cross and St John Ambulance.

It is equipped to provide patients who arrive at the unit by ambulance or by foot with fast and efficient treatment to avoid a long wait in accident and emergency.

As well as medical staff, the unit is supported each night it operates by special constables from West Midlands Police and Birmingham's City Pastors.