The build up to Christmas tends to be a busy
time, with more people than usual out celebrating with friends and
work colleagues. During this period we run the ‘booze
Soho alcohol recovery centre
Soho alcohol recovery centre is an alternative to busy
A&E departments for people who’ve overdone it in London’s party
Until September 2013 it was open to patients
who had been picked up by our crews. The centre provided a safe
and warm place for people to sober up,
providing appropriate, first-class medical care from our staff
and did not have to go to A&E departments.
Facts and figures
- The centre was open 10 nights (15-31 December)
- We treated 180 patients
- The centre was open 18 nights (19 November - 31 December)
- We treated 286 patients
- Only ten needed further treatment at hospital
New Year’s Eve
New Year’s Eve is traditionally the busiest
evening of the year for us, with many of the calls in the early
hours of the new year being alcohol-related.
During this period, we are supported by
members of St John Ambulance and the British Red Cross, who set up
treatment centres in the central London area.