Night-time medical unit in town

A MEDICAL unit stationed in Kettering on Saturday nights is to stay after proving a success during December.

The service is a joint initiative between East Midlands Ambulance Service, St John Ambulance and Northamptonshire Police.

It provides medical assistance from its base behind the Abacus pub in Silver Street every Saturday night between 10pm and 4am.

It was decided to continue the scheme after figures showed it treated 39 patients on five days over the Christmas and New Year period.

The service meant that ambulances were not required and remained available for other emergencies across the county.

Police alcohol harm reducation sergeant Ali Quinn said: “The force is supportive of the aims of reducing accident and emergency admissions.

“It is hoped that the scheme will help to get people thinking and talking about alcohol-related violence, and how consequences can live with victims and offenders for a long time.”