Revellers brought into a Lynn hospital’s accident and emergency department are helping to piece together a map of the town’s hot spots.
Staff at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital are helping to pinpoint where people are being assaulted and injured thanks to a series of flashcards.
The hospital is working with the town’s crime and disorder partnership to reduce alcohol fuelled problems in the area.
Many of the revellers are unable to recall the name of the pub or club where the incident happened so the pictures taken by Lucy Massen, a junior data analyst at the hospital, are invaluable.
She spent a month researching and taking pictures of 20 locations around the town.
But her efforts are starting to pay off.
Miss Massen said: “We are seeing a great improvement with more accurate locations being put into the computer system. Norfolk Street and The Walks are the hot spots.
“I am very proud of it and it is a simple idea.”
The hospital’s consultant in emergency care, Dr Robert Florance, has praised Miss Massen.
He said: “We share our information with the local authority, the police and the clinical commissioning group.
“The details are restricted to the date, time, location and nature of the incident, such as whether the victim was pushed or punched. We do not give a patient’s personal details.
“One of the difficulties has always been that a patient who has been assaulted may not remember exactly where the incident took place. They may struggle to recall the name of the venue but they may recognise a photo of the front of the building.
“This was presenting some difficulties until Miss Massen’s idea. It was an initiative above and beyond the call of duty but it has proved to be invaluable.
“Patients can look through the photo gallery and it helps us to pinpoint where assaults and injuries have taken place.”