St John Ambulance provides another year of care to Pride
Over 100 dedicated volunteers from St John
Ambulance in Sussex were on hand to provide medical care at this
years Pride in Brighton and Hove, for the fifteenth year
The volunteers treated 221 patients ranging from cuts and
sprains to a few more serious cases of unconscious and fitting
The St John Ambulance team included four doctors, six
paramedics and five nurses as well as five ambulances, a
communications unit, specially trained 'Forward Incident Teams' and
a logistics support crew.
Assistant Commissioner Dan May, who co-ordinated the
organisation's cover said: 'St John have been involved with
planning this years event as part of the council led multi agency
team for some nine months.
'Our staff started work from Thursday evening bringing together
the huge amount of resources and equipment required for such a
large public gathering. On the day itself we covered a
nineteen hour shift and were on hand to provide a range of care
services to those attending the event both on the parade route, at
Preston Park and later on at the St James Street celebrations.'
Pride's Operations Manager, PJ Aldred explained: 'Pride once
again appointed St John because of their ability to resource what
is the largest event in Brighton's calendar.
'St John Ambulance has a great understanding of what is needed
for events of this size and their knowledge and advice both before
and during the event was a key part of Pride's strategy to provide
an event that is both fun and safe for those attending.'
She continued: 'I know that the tens of thousands of people
attending this year's event were once again reassured to see the St
John volunteers on hand to assist where needed.'
By bringing together a team of highly trained
staff, including doctors and paramedics
volunteers were able to significantly reduce the strain that
such a large event would traditionally place on the South East
Coast Ambulance Service and the local hospitals, by ensuring that
all those attending have access to high quality
care without the need to leave site or call in a statutory
ambulance service resource.
First aiders were in constant communication with both the
Ambulance Service and Royal Sussex County Hospital throughout the
day in order to ensure that all agencies were able to plan their
St John Ambulance is the UK's leading first aid and care charity
and receives no public funding for their work. Expenses for this
event were paid for by Pride in Brighton and Hove. All St John
Ambulance staff provided their time
For more information about their work, contact the Sussex HQ on