First aid cover for New Year celebrations
London’s St John Ambulance volunteers are preparing to rise to
the last major challenge of their busiest year ever – providing
life saving first aid at New Year’s Eve
More than 200 volunteers from the
nation’s leading first aid charity will be there
to help, when an expected crowd of more than 700,000 revellers
gather in London to celebrate the end of an extraordinary year,
particularly for the capital.
Volunteers will staff 13 treatment
centres along the South Bank, in Trafalgar Square,
Leicester Square, Piccadilly Circus, Charing Cross Station and
other popular tourist hotspots, which are set to attract hordes of
partygoers to the spectacular fire work display and year end
festivities. The charity has been providing first aid cover for
London’s New Year celebrations for more than 40 years.
In addition to the treatment centres,
Cycle Responders will be used to reach casualties
in dense crowds with special bikes carrying medical gases,
defibrillators and other vital first aid
Another 20 medical response
teams from St John Ambulance and the London Ambulance
service will be out among the crowds on foot, ready to rush
casualties into the nearest treatment centre.
Last year the two organisations treated
822 New Year’s Eve casualties and
transferred 106 patients to hospital. Medical
conditions ranged from head wounds and fainting fits to panic
attacks and alcohol-related injuries.
Members of the public attending the
celebrations are urged to avoid making 999 calls unless absolutely
Mike Gibbons, District Manager for St
John Ambulance in London, said:
‘While hundreds of thousands of people are
partying on New Year’s Eve our volunteers will be out there once
again, keeping people safe and using their skills to save
Strains and sprains are much more likely to happen when there
are icy conditions. Sometimes it can be hard to tell the difference
between a strain/sprain and a fracture
as they all can be painful, tender and swollen. If you are unable
to bear weight on the limb, if there is any obvious deformity or
have any doubts about the seriousness of the injury then always
seek medical advice.
Festive first aid
In time for any Christmas and New Year
celebrations it is more important than ever to learn or refresh
your first aid skills. The organisation is urging everyone to
know some basic first aid so that if needed, you can be the
difference between life and death.
See our Facebook page for daily
first aid tips this week to help you stay safe over the
Why not have a go and challenge your
friends to our Christmas version of Rescue Run, the fun
online game that puts your first aid knowledge to the test.