V Festival first aid
The annual V Festival is rocking Hylands
Park this weekend, and St John Ambulance in Essex are putting the
finishing touches to the most comprehensive plan yet to provide
high visibility and speedy
response to those needing medical assistance during the
Darren Bartholomew, St John Ambulance Assistant Commissioner in
Essex, said: 'Last year the ambulance service, supported by our
volunteers, treated 584 patients, about 25 of which were taken to
'We are very well organised and very well resourced; with
paramedics and emergency medical technicians working alongside
emergency care practioners and doctors, the sheer range of skills
and number of staff may help limit the number of hospital
admissions and thus reduce the impact on local services.'
Set up at each of the five stages will be first aid
posts shared by ambulance staff and St John volunteers.
These will be manned 24/7 from Friday to Monday,
in anticipation of people arriving and leaving the festival at
different times aside of the Saturday and Sunday programme.
Five ambulances will be on site with two quad bikes provided
very kindly by Suzuki, as well as 4x4 vehicles. These ensure our
staff can move around the park where needed and provide response in
some of the more difficult-to-reach areas.
This year, to meet the anticipated demand, St John Ambulance is
providing more resources and 140 volunteers per day to back up the
The most common causes for concern are the consequences of
festival goers' excessive behaviour and extreme weather such as
heat or rain and low temperatures, so first aiders
are appealing to everyone attending to pay attention to their