Rayleigh Pubwatch venues have blood control kits installed

25/9/23: Story courtesy of Echo www.echo-news.co.uk

By Dami Adewale Reporter

Councillors James and Lisa Newport with members of the Rayleigh Pub Watch Scheme (Image : Rochford District Council)

TEN bleed control kits have been placed in venues across Rayleigh in a “proactive move” to make nights out safer.

The lifesaving kits were requested by members of the Rayleigh Pub Watch scheme and have been funded by the Essex County Council Locality Fund.

James Newport, Liberal Democrat councillor for Rayleigh North, nominated the kits to be purchased through the fund.

Each bleed control kit is equipped with essential items for controlling severe bleeding, including a trauma dressing, gauze dressing, chest seal, tourniquet, gloves, and scissors.

Lisa Newport, lead member for communities and health of Rochford Council’s joint administration, said: “In cases where someone is wounded, whether due to a road traffic accident, a serious fall, or, in the rare event of a knife attack, these kits empower members of our community to take action and save lives while awaiting the arrival of emergency services.

“Thank you to Councillor Newport for securing the funding these kits for our Rayleigh Pub Watch members.

“We hope to secure further funding in the coming year to expand this scheme and provide broader coverage across the district.”

The kits are designed to be used by members of the public to provide help before the arrival of emergency services.

Requests for bleed kits were originally requested from the Rayleigh Pub Watch members following an increase in the types of incidents taking place within the UK, specifically those involving knife crime.

Mr Newport added: “These lifesaving kits are a simple but clever idea that equips users with the necessary equipment and instructions to save a life.

“That is why it was important for me to support this initiative. In situations involving catastrophic bleeding, every second is vital, and these kits truly could make all the difference to our community.”

Tony Lord, chairman of Rayleigh Pub Watch and manager of the Pink Toothbrush, said: “Having dealt with a stabbing as a first aider before these kits were available, I have seen how important these kits can be.”

Kits have been installed in the following licences premises within the Rayleigh area: Paul Pry, Travellers Joy, The Roebuck, The Rayleigh Lanes Snooker Club, Ye Old Crowne, The Spread Eagle, The Oysterwharf, The Crafty Casks, The Pink Toothbrush and the Rayleigh Lodge.