Sheffield BID, working with South Yorkshire Violence Reduction Unit, Sheffield City Council and South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority (SYMCA), are installing 12 emergency bleed control cabinets at locations across the city centre.
Working closely with leaders from the city centre’s night-time economy sector, the Daniel Baird Foundation and Turtle Engineering (who designed and built the cabinets), 10 cabinets will be installed at locations in the city centre including Fargate, Barkers Pool, Moorfoot and West Street. Installation works are being carried out by Sheffield-based New Phase LED.
Through further funding provided by SYMCA, cabinets will also be installed at Arundel Gate Mini Interchange and at SYMCA’s offices on Broad Street West as part of the city centre rollout.
Available for use 24 hours a day, seven days a week, the emergency bleed control cabinets are accessed via a code provided by the emergency services. The cabinets are designed to help a user prevent a potentially catastrophic bleed while emergency services make their way to the scene.
Each cabinet contains a bleed kit with instructions on how to use the contents. Trained 999 operators are on hand to talk a user through their safe use. The bleed kits can be used to help anyone who may have been involved in traffic accidents, for people who have sustained a serious injury from a fall in the street or have been subject to a serious assault or attack, including attacks with a weapon.
Darren Hendleman-Horne, Operations Manager at Sheffield BID said: "I am pleased that Sheffield BID is working closely with our partners to install these emergency bleed control cabinets across the city centre.
"Our aim is to make this potentially life-saving equipment available to anyone who finds themselves in a position where they can help someone who may be suffering from major blood loss. This kit plays a vital role in extending the provision of already existing lifesaving equipment in the city centre, such as our PulsePoints defibrillator units.
"We want everyone to feel safe when in the city centre and bleed kits are just one way that we can help do this. When somebody is injured, vital minutes matter and whilst we hope they may never be needed, we are proud to be able to install these additional life saving measures to the city centre."
Nick Simmonite, chair of Unight said: "It’s important that life-saving equipment is installed widely across Sheffield and South Yorkshire. Our Business Improvement District has helped us see these bleed control kits now going up around the city centre. The solid work done by Lynn Baird MBE and Matt Murchington MBE to promote the value of these units cannot be underestimated. Nobody wants to have to use a defibrillator, but we’re glad that they’re at hand when needed. Bleed control cabinets can also provide 999 guided first aid – and help to save a life. Minutes make a difference."
Graham Jones, Head of the South Yorkshire Violence Reduction Unit said: "The VRU is pleased to be working with the Sheffield Community Safety Partnership and other key partners to deliver these emergency bleed control cabinets as part of our violence prevention work across Sheffield. The early stages after a violent incident are often the most important in terms of delivering life-saving medical care. These cabinets will allow a rapid response prior to the arrival of emergency services, and we hope will help to save lives."
Jeremy Kemp Customer Service Area Manager, South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority said: "I'm delighted we have been able to help Sheffield BID fund kits for use at Arundel Gate Mini Interchange and at our offices on Broad Street West. Bleeding from trauma injuries can prove fatal in minutes, so these kits will be a vital tool in saving lives if they are needed."
From left to right : Nick Simmonite (Chair of Unight), Jeremy Kemp (Customer Service Area Manager, South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority), PCSO Alison Cundy (Sheffield City Centre Neighbourhood Policing Team), Darren Hendleman-Horne (Sheffield BID) and Dom Court (New Phase LED), at the site of the newly installed emergency bleed control cabinet in Barker’s Pool, Sheffield city centre.