500 first aiders at Notting Hill Carnival
Over 500 first aid volunteers are set
to provide medical assistance at the spectacular Notting Hill
Carnival this weekend.
St John Ambulance London has been working hard to guarantee
enough volunteers and support units are in place to ensure the
safety of the two million visitors expected to
attend the Carnival.
Volunteers will work alongside the London Ambulance Service,
throughout the weekend to keep a state-of-the-art control
room up and running. The control room, the hub of the
organisations weekend activities, will ensure the swift and
efficient response of all units in dealing with any event
injury or eventuality.
We have provided a totally professional service since the Carnival first began in 1965
Commisoner, London District
Last year volunteers treated more than 700 people over the
course of the two day carnival, taking over 130 to hospital and
this year is expected to be little different.
In addition to doctors, nurses and medical professionals, this
year St John Ambulance will deploy motorbike
responders to cover the Carnival in addition to 11
treatment centres strategically positioned along the Carnival route
and provide nearly 30 ambulances across the two day event.
The organisation will also work closely with the London
Ambulance Service to provide joint cycle response units and 20
Forward Incident Teams (FIT) who are specially trained to work in
large crowds in the event of an incident taking place.
Ann Cable, Commissioner of St John Ambulance in London, said:
'Each year we work closely with London Ambulance Service colleagues
and with staff from the hospitals to provide a comprehensive
service at this worldwide renowned Carnival.
'We have provided a totally professional service since the
Carnival first began in 1965 and we are confident that we can
provide the best possible first aid care and medical assistance
possible, ensuring the safety of the many carnival-goers.'
In preparation for the occasion, the charity has issued the
following advice and are encouraging people to follow these
- Prepare for high temperatures with plentiful
use of sun cream and wearing a hat and by taking advantage of the
copious amounts of drinking water available
- If we are not blessed with perfect summer weather do ensure
that you have a couple of light layers of clothing to keep you
reasonably dry and warm. And please remember flip flops are no
protection against broken glass.
- Ensure you have a form of contact. The streets
become incredibly busy, so maintain contact with your friends and
family by ensuring you have exchanged mobile phone numbers. And
know your exit routes when tiredness does eventually overtake
- Protect your eardrums if you are close to
noisy musical stages, or limit the amount of time you remain static
in close proximity to the music. Pharmacies or adventure goods
shops everywhere will have really good and easy to wear eardrum
defenders and often in the most fashionable colours!
- Keep your sugar levels up – particularly if
you are prone to blood-sugar issues. It's worth bearing in mind
that cafes and restaurants can be difficult to reach in a hurry and
may be exceptionally busy. A large number of casualties do
stem from severe changes in lifestyle for two days! A little bit of
food at regular intervals will help.