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Volunteers set to provide seasonal support


St John Ambulance volunteers will be giving up their time over the Christmas period, in order to ensure that those enjoying the festivities are kept safe.

Temporary Minor Injury Units

Working alongside NHS staff, St John Ambulance volunteers will be assisting at several Temporary Minor Injury Units (TMIUs) over the festive period. The role of the units is to provide treatment to revellers who are suffering from minor illnesses and minor medical conditions, in order to avert long waits and take the pressure off hospital accident and emergency departments.

Four to six volunteer ambulance crews as well as a volunteer nurse will be providing support at a TMIU on Broad Street, Birmingham from 21.00 – 05.50 on 16, 17, 23 December, as well as Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve – two of the busiest nights of the year for the emergency services.

One volunteer crew and four volunteer first aiders will also be providing support at a TMIU in Walsall from 22.00 – 04.00 on 23, 24, 26, 30 and 31 December.

Winter first aid

The winter weather can cause several extra risks to peoples' health, with frostbite and hypothermia being common illnesses to strike those out and about, as well an increased risk of fractures due to icy floors.

Read how to treat these conditions and how to prepare for winter.