Game, set and patch!
Whether heatstroke or hypothermia are the threat at this year’s
Wimbledon, fans at SW19 will be in good hands – thanks to St John
Some 50 members of St John Ambulance in London, including
doctors, nurses and an ambulance will be on site each day
throughout the action, responsible for treating or
assisting spectators and staff.
In 2008, the organisation’s dedicated first aid volunteers
treated over 1200 people, and anticipate treating
as many as 70 on a typical day of the tournament.
The charity, which provides event first aid cover and delivers
first aid training throughout London, has been supporting Wimbledon
for many years.
We have a strong relationship with the event organisers and are proud to have the association as the tournament’s preferred first aid body
Assistant Commissioner Operations, St John Ambulance London
Dave Bell, Assistant Commissioner (Operations), said: ‘This
particular event is one of the many high-profile operations which
St John Ambulance deliver every week throughout London.
‘We have a strong relationship with the event
organisers and are proud to have the association as the
tournament’s preferred first aid body.’
St John Ambulance has advised spectators to prepare well for
their attendance at this year’s Wimbledon, and to remain aware of
first aid points – just in case an emergency should arise.
The organisation’s top tips include:
- Stay hydrated - if the weather is hot; ensure you have water
with you at all times. Queuing at events such as Wimbledon can be a
- Protect yourself from the sun - It’s easy to get caught up in
the excitement of the event and neglect the risk from sunburn and
sunstroke. Cover yourself up and use a good sunblock.
- Wear a hat - This will provide extra protection against the