Bank holiday first aid
Volunteers in Merseyside spent their bank
holiday weekend providing first aid support at the two
biggest events in the county last weekend.
With both the Creamfields Festival and and the Mathew Street
Festival taking place, dedicated volunteers really had their work
For the first time in ten years, the Creamfields Festival took
place over two days which means party-goers camped out, and first
aiders were on hand throughtout the whole of the dance music
festival to care for those who needed it.
Volunteers manned three first aid posts and two ambulances
were available with two 4x4 units. A 40 bed field
hospital was staffed by 40 first aiders, five
doctors, eight nurses and several other health care
professionals working alongside a command team, control staff
and operational support teams.
Approximately 400 people received attention from St John and a
number were transferred to hospital via the North West Ambulance
Service. Ailments ranged from minor cuts and bruises to more
serious injuries including cardiac complaints and spinal
'Our members worked tirelessly to provide a quality service which enabled 40,000 festival goers to enjoy themselves safely.
St John Ambulance Merseyside Commissioner Operations
Simon Galley, Commissioner Operations and Duty Commander at the
event said: 'Our members worked tirelessly to provide a quality
service which enabled 40,000 festival goers to enjoy themselves
'I am justifiably proud of both the management team and the
members who attended.'
Mathew Street Festival
The Mathew Street Festival also took place over the
weekend. Six huge stages and over 30 indoor
venues littered the vast city centre site with many more
This year, the Sunday of the festival clashed with Creamfields
meaning that St John Merseyside had a very busy day.
Arran Banks, Duty Commander for the event said: 'There was a
clash on the Sunday this year with Creamfields however we really
have some amazingly dedicated members who gave up their free time
to be on duty here. Without their help we could not have given the
excellent service we did to the Liverpool Culture Company team and
the masses of members of the public here.'
In all, 150 people received treatment over the two days
from the 60 strong St John team. Five first aid
posts, four ambulances, two 4x4 units, four doctors
and a cycle responder team from Manchester attended to the
estimated 350,000 plus people on the streets and
around the entire city centre.