OCCG is delighted that a bus has been launched to treat patients with minor injuries in Oxford city centre at weekends.
The SOS bus has two treatment beds and three portable beds to treat patients with minor injuries in the Cornmarket area on Friday and Saturday evenings, operating from 10.30pm to 5.30am.
OCCG commissioned the service to help patients with minor injuries receive prompt, appropriate care in the city centre so helping to reduce the need for them to attend A&E. The service is being run as a pilot scheme.
This bus is being funded from the £4m winter monies OCCG received from the government to help us better manage health services over the winter.
South Central Ambulance Service (SCAS) is running the SOS bus and they are using a bus loaned from St John Ambulance which is manned by a SCAS paramedic and St John volunteer first aiders. An RAF nurse from the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford is also providing wound assessment and closure skills.
Dr Barbara Batty, OCCG’s Urgent Care Clinical Lead, said: ‘It is fantastic news the SOS bus is providing fast and effective treatment to people in the centre of Oxford, especially later on during the festive period where there is an increase in people out in pubs and clubs in the city.
‘The bus will reduce the need for people to attend A&E, relieving pressure on health services over the winter months, resulting in people who require urgent care to be seen more quickly.’