Ready to support carnival

Notting Hill Carnival

Over 600 first aid volunteers are poised and at the ready to provide medical assistance where needed, when needed, at the spectacular Notting Hill Carnival this Bank Holiday Weekend (Sunday 30th and Monday 31st August).

St John Ambulance has been working hard to provide sufficient volunteers, and support units are in place to ensure the safety of the two million visitors expected to attend the Carnival.

The nation’s leading first aid charity 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 organisation’s weekend activities, will ensure the swift and efficient response of all units in dealing with any injury or eventuality.

We have provided a totally professional service since the Carnival first began in 1966 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.

Ann Cable
Commissioner, St John Ambulance London

What we will provide

In 2008 St John Ambulance treated more than 500 people over the course of the two day carnival, taking over 70 to hospital and this year is expected to be little different. St John Ambulance will be deploying:

  • doctors
  • nurses
  • medical professionals
  • motorbike and cycle responders
  • 11 treatment centres strategically positioned along the Carnival route
  • nearly 40 ambulances.

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.

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 1966 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.’

Tips for visitors

In preparation for the occasion, the charity has issued the following advice:

  • Prepare for high temperatures by using plenty of sun cream and wearing a hat
  • Take advantage drinking water available
  • Take a couple of light layers of clothing in case of poor weather 
  • Remember flip-flops are no protection against broken glass and the debris that will be on the streets
  • Ensure you have a form of contact. The streets become incredibly busy, so maintain contact with your friends and family by making sure you have exchanged mobile phone numbers. And know your exit routes when tiredness does eventually overtake you!