The ‘Safe Space’ at Guildhall Healthcare Centre in central of Portsmouth will be open 10pm to 3am every night through Freshers Week, 13-21 September 2019. This is in addition to its usual Friday and Saturday night opening.
The service offers a health and wellbeing service for anyone who needs a short break on a night out in Portsmouth. People calling into the Safe Space can get immediate medical treatment as well as advice on subjects like sexual health, alcohol and drug use. The Safe Space team can direct visitors to other services such as minor injuries units, out of hours GP services and mental health crisis teams.
Over the years Safe Space has also built relationships with other agencies such as the Street Pastors, Hampshire Constabulary as well as the pubs and clubs who depend on the service. In 2018/19 alone there were 397 recorded visitors to Safe Space with some form of injury being recorded as the most common reason for being seen. The majority of people seen were in the 20-29 age bracket. Overall the service estimates to have saved 167 ambulance call outs to the City Centre during 2018/19.
Portsmouth’s Safe Space is one of many alcohol intoxication management services (AIMS) but wants to broaden its reach and do more towards improving the health and wellbeing of all those visiting Portsmouth on a Friday and Saturday night who are in need of help or advice at a time when other avenues of care may not be available.
Further information on the Health and Care Portsmouth website