First aiders on hand to keep the party going at Notting Hill

Notting Hill Carnival

St John Ambulance will be on hand throughout the celebrations of Notting Hill Carnival on 26 and 27 August and have some simple tips to help ensure you make the most of the carnival atmosphere.

Volunteers from the UK's leading first aid charity expect to treat around 500 casualties over the two days for minor injuries caused by the sheer volume of people, ranging from blisters to sprains, as well as more serious conditions.

Seamus Kelly OBE, Commissioner of St John Ambulance in London, says: 'We'll be at Notting Hill to ensure that carnival goers are well looked after and have a good time but people can help themselves by being prepared.

'We'll be at Notting Hill to ensure that carnival goers are well looked after and have a good time but people can help themselves by being prepared.

Seamus Kelly OBE
Commissioner of St John Ambulance in London

'If the weather is hot, follow our Strawberries and sun cream advice to avoid problems like sun burn and heat exhaustion. Don't go strawberry-red, apply sun cream regularly; also protect yourself with a hat and loose clothing during the hottest part of the day and drink water frequently.

'If the weather is cold or wet, take extra layers and waterproof clothing or an umbrella.

'It can sometimes be difficult to reach cafes and restaurants due to the volume of people so we advise that visitors take water and food with them, to avoid dehydration and hunger.  Also, with all the standing and walking around comfortable shoes are a must to minimise blisters, strains and sprains.

Notting Hill Carnival participant

'Last year we treated over 500 people during the carnival.  We hope this year the public will listen to our advice and come well prepared.  Of course, there will still be St John Ambulance volunteers stationed around Notting Hill to provide help to those who need it,' says Mr Kelly.

St John Ambulance volunteers will be operating 15 ambulances and 11 treatment centres each day over the weekend and over 150 volunteers will be on hand each day along the carnival route. The volunteers, who provide first aid, medical and ambulance support, include doctors, nurses, paramedics, ambulance crews and first aiders.  They will be working with staff from the London Ambulance Service. St John Ambulance receives no financial support for this event.