Initiative aims to take pressure off A&E and will be run by local groups and the health service
The NHS is paying for a big expansion of “drunk tanks” to stop A&E units and ambulance crews being overwhelmed by intoxicated people over the festive season.
NHS England is putting up to £300,000 into creating units where those who have drunk too much can undergo medical checks without having to be taken to hospital.
“Alcohol intoxication management services” are run by charities, NHS bodies, local councils and church groups.
The move comes as the emergency services prepare for a surge in demand for help on the last Friday before Christmas.