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Trial weekend for town centre first aid facility

By Josh Thomas

Betty McLatchy
Betty McLatchy

A bid to bring out of hours first aid provision to the town centre has come a step closer having secured premises.

Haverhill councillor, Betty McLatchy, herself a former nurse, has secured the use of the Burton Centre in Camps Road for the service, which will be called Base.

The hope is to provide basic first aid service to residents who are unable to drive themselves to a hospital.

A trial weekend of the service will be run in the evenings of May 14, May 15 and May 16.

Volunteers will be on hand to help people with minor injuries between the hours of 7pm and 10pm.

The trial will be used to assess the suitability of the venue as a first aid centre.

The service will be run entirely by volunteers .

“I’ve had to do my first aid certificate again,” said Cllr McLatchy. “At the moment, we’ve got three other volunteers doing it.”

The drive will rely wholly upon volunteers helping out.

“We need more people to volunteer,” said Cllr McLatchy. “Now is the time to do it.

“What we really need is a cottage hospital or proper walk-in centre with full diagnostic facilities.

“With our population due to exceed forty thousand when all these proposed houses are completed, we need to be prepared.

“Our local GP practises are working flat out under great pressure and need all the support we can give them.”

Anyone wishing to volunteer their time and skills to the first aid service should contact Cllr Mclatchy on 01440 714338 or 07934 466930.

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