Hotting up at Wimbledon

Wimbeldon 2008

St John Ambulance on hand to help handle the heat

While things are hotting up on the courts, temperatures are expected to soar in the stands. With highs of up to 26 degrees a possibility, St John Ambulance volunteers are on alert for a busy time.

Since the beginning of the tournament on Monday, St John Ambulance has treated over 400 Wimbledon-goers, largely for heat and sun related injuries.

But as temperatures begin to rise, the organisation has issued the following advice:

'We are lucky enough to have seen some fantastic weather so far, but this does mean an increase in heat and sun related incidents.

Darron Hazelby
Officer in charge, St John Ambulance Wimbledon Operation

  • 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 lengthy process.
  • 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 sun.

Some 50 members of St John Ambulance in London, including doctors, nurses and an ambulance are on site each day throughout the action, responsible for treating or assisting spectators and staff.

Darron Hazelby, officer-in-charge of St John Ambulance's Wimbledon operation, said: 'We are lucky enough to have seen some fantastic weather so far, but this does mean an increase in heat and sun related incidents.

'We are encouraging those who turn out to enjoy Wimbledon to heed our advice, wearing sunblock and a hat to protect them from the sun, and ensuring they have water with them at all times to help stay hydrated.'