Over 1000 treated at V Festival in Weston Park

Two SJA volunteers attending V Festival

Volunteers from St John Ambulance helped, as part of the medical team, to treat 1,359 festival goers at the V Festival in Weston Park over the weekend 18 – 19 August 2012. 

A team of more than 200 staff and volunteers from St John Ambulance, West Midlands Ambulance Service and Venture Event Medical Management provided medical cover at the annual Staffordshire event. 

Major operation

The V Festival is one of St John Ambulance West Midlands Region's biggest first aid operations of the year. The nation's leading first aid charity provided a 150-strong team of healthcare professionals, ambulance crews, first aiders and support for this year's event. 

Five treatment centres and a 24-hour advanced medical centre were set up to support revellers and first aiders were out and about among the crowds in the main arena and at the campsite. A command and control centre co-ordinated ambulances and other medical staff stationed within the main arena and campsite areas.

Ambulance crews were called out 254 times and a total of 24 people were taken to hospital. They included a woman with a head injury, a man with a suspected fractured ankle, a woman who suffered a recurrence of a pre-existing heart condition and two women who suffered fractured lower legs and dislocated knees.

Sadly, a man was confirmed dead at V Festival in the early hours of Sunday morning.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: ‘This year, many of the patients were treated for medical issues and many already had pre-existing medical conditions.’

Providing essential first aid

St John Ambulance was named Supplier of the Year at the Event Production Awards 2012 in acknowledgment of the first aid cover it provides at thousands of events each year. The award was based on St John Ambulance's cover at the V Festival in Staffordshire and highlighted its 24 hour medical centre.

Glen Curry, Regional Events Manager at St John Ambulance, said: ‘Winning the award is a great accolade for the front line teams like those in the West Midlands Region who deliver such a great service on the ground and ensure first aid is available to anyone who needs it.’