Looking after people on a night out

We run Alcohol Reception Centres (ARCs) in town and city centres across the country, usually during winter. We currently have ARCs based in Newcastle and Manchester.

Our ARCs look after people taken ill or injured on a night out. They typically operate on Friday and Saturday nights until the early hours of the morning.

The centres usually involve a mobile treatment centre which is parked up and led by a healthcare professional with a first aid team. We usually also provide an ambulance to transport patients to hospital if necessary.

The ARCs are fully equipped to deal with serious incidents, such as cardiac or respiratory arrest. They can also treat and discharge less serious injuries on the scene. This reduces pressure on local Accident and Emergency hospitals, the Ambulance Service, and Police.

Whether it's over-indulgence, high-heel disasters, or cardiac arrest, the ARC crew are on hand throughout the year to keep weekend revelers safe.

Newcastle Alcohol Reception Centre

One of these ARCs is based in Newcastle. The Newcastle ARC is a joint initiative between St John Ambulance and the North East Ambulance Service (NEAS). The ARC is staffed by NEAS crew, St John Ambulance volunteers, and paid ambulance crew. 

In 2018, the Newcastle ARC won the Community Hero Award at our Everyday Heroes Awards. Watch the video to find out more:

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