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Medical care tent for party-goers

Medical facility
It is hoped the tent will relieve the pressure on Addenbrooke's Hospital

A night-time medical tent providing treatment, advice and assistance to party revellers is being put up in Cambridge later.

It will be set up at the junction of Petty Cury and Sidney Street and will be open between 2100 GMT and 0400 GMT.

The aim is to reduce alcohol-related crime, improve public safety and reduce the pressure on Addenbrooke's Hospital A&E department.

The local Territorial Army (TA) medical team will provide most of the care.

The TA's 254 Medical Regiment has provided the tent and most of the equipment.

Their team will be supported by the police, the East of England Ambulance Trust and an ambulance and crew from St John Ambulance.

Jenny Massie from Cambridgeshire Police said: We encourage partygoers in Cambridge to enjoy their night out by staying in control of their drinking.

"However. should they fall ill, sustain an injury, or simply require advice throughout the course of their evening we are able to offer medical care, support and assistance this festive period.

"We hope that these people will access the facility, which will help relieve the pressure on the accident and emergency services at this busy time of year."

The tent will also be put up on the night of Thursday 31 December.

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