First aid for Royal Wedding well-wishers
Hundreds of volunteers from St John
Ambulance were on hand over the weekend to make sure that London's
Royal Wedding celebrations passed in safety.
Huge crowds gathered along the route of the wedding procession
to send their best wishes to the happy couple. Around
850 St John Ambulance personnel were in place to
be the difference by making sure first aid treatment was available
to anyone who needed it.
By 5pm, a total of 419 people had been
treated, with 36 taken to hospital.
St John Ambulance worked alongside
the London Ambulance Service and the British Red
Cross during the event. Twenty two treatment centres were
set up to cover the event with 20 crewed ambulances on
hand to transport anyone needing further treatment to hospital.
Ambulance buggies, specially equipped motorbikes and the Cycle
Response Unit were also deployed.
Ann Cable, Commissioner of St John Ambulance London (Prince of
Wales's) District, who was in charge of the Charity's first aid
cover at the event, said: 'We are delighted and proud to have been
involved in the celebrations of the Royal Wedding and it has been a
truly memorable day for everyone, it's been a real success.
'We believe that first aid treatment should be
available to anyone who needs it, and we are pleased to have been
on hand to make sure that this event passed safely and that the day
will be remembered for all the right reasons.
'Planning first aid cover for such a large
event is a demanding and complex process, and I would like to thank
all our staff and Volunteers for their hard work and