Emergency Info

Guidelines on when to call the Emergency Services 999 for unwell recreational drug users

Call 999 if ANY one of the following is present:

Unconsciousness – if the patient does not respond to vocal commands, requires painful stimulus (e.g. pressure across the fingernails) to respond or does not respond at all.

Significant agitation (e.g. pacing around the room) or aggression not settling within 15 minutes.

Seizures (e.g. a convulsion similar to an epileptic fit)

Breathing difficulties such as fast breathing rate which does not settle within 15 minutes.

Heart rate over 140 beats per minute not settling within 5 minutes.

Temperature over 38.5 not settling after about 5 minutes of rest, or if very flushed and feels very hot if no thermometer is available.

Blood pressure – Systolic (“upper pressure”) over 180mmHg, or Diastolic (“lower pressure”) over 110mmHg on two repeated blood pressure measurements.

Other concerns – if there are any other concerns (e.g. severe headache, chest pain).


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Providing sexual health information

The provision of information on sexual health (including location, timings and contact telephone numbers of contraceptive, GUM and abortion services) is a valuable service to pub and club goers. This can be provided via leaflet racks and a permanently displayed poster/sign, and are often best placed next to condom machines, in well-lit areas.

Club owners should contact their local health promotion department or sexual health clinic to access information materials.

hosting outreach workers

Sexual health information and outreach work has always been much more common and culturally acceptable within the gay scene and there are still many organisations involved in this work.

Typically organisations supply free condoms, water based lubricant and sexual health information. HIV and STI testing clinics are also common in some areas as is information on whether to use and how and where to get PReP (Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis) tablets to prevent HIV infection.

Feedback from venues who host sexual health outreach work tends to be very positive with customers appreciating that a business is catering to their non-commercial needs.


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