Notting Hill casualties

Notting Hill Carnival

First aiders worked around the clock alongside the London Ambulance Service to ensure party-goers had a great time at the Notting Hill Carnival over the bank holiday weekend.

280 casualties were treated by volunteers with 55 being taken to hospital.

The Festival came as part of a busy weekend for St John Ambulance this year, with Sunday seeing a significant turn-out in London in honour of the closing of the Olympic Games.

Ann Cable, Commissioner of St John Ambulance in London, said: ‘Notting Hill Carnival places a high demand on our many volunteers and a great deal of work goes into the planning and execution of this event.

‘I am exceptionally proud of the work that has been carried out by our dedicated team over the last few days, particularly when so many of them will have sacrificed their own holiday and rest days to care for the public at this large-scale celebration.

‘We have a long-standing reputation for providing the cover at this Festival and are delighted that all incidents arising so far have been handled swiftly and effectively, with the patients being given the very best care.’

Working alongside the London Ambulance Service, St John Ambulance provide 450 staff on both Sunday and Monday.

Eleven treatment centres were strategically positioned along the Carnival route and St John provided over 30 ambulances across the two day event. In addition to fully qualified doctors, nurses and other medical practitioners, this year St John Ambulance London deployed a total of ten cycle responders, six motorcycle responders, 35 joint forward incident teams with the London Ambulance Service to cover the Carnival.