St John Ambulance continues to provide help at Olympic events across the country

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As the nation celebrated Team GB’s medal success during the opening week of the Olympics, first aiders from St John Ambulance were on hand to deliver emergency first aid to anyone who needed it at various events around the country.

On ‘Super Saturday’ alone – the day dubbed as Britain’s greatest day in sport – St John Ambulance treated 113 revellers at the Hyde Park Live Site and 48 at the Victoria Park Live site quickly dealing with any injury or illness that arose.

They are also providing spectator first aid cover at many other locations during the course of the Games including football stadiums across the country and the live sites in Weymouth.

The first aiders will be placed strategically on foot, in ambulances and on bicycles to ensure they reach people who need first aid assistance as soon as possible.

During this week alone (w/c 6 August) 1281 personnel will be at 126 Olympic related events. Last week 515 people were treated, with 16 transported to hospital.

Vital first aid delivered

A 10-year-old girl was in vital need of first aid on Weymouth Beach, near the Olympics sailing site, when she had an accident windsurfing badly hurting her foot.

Her Mum, Zitta Lomax, said: ‘She was having a wonderful time trying out all the free sports taster sessions. It’s been absolutely brilliant and so much fun. She wanted to try the watersports and had just got into the water when the board banged into her foot.’

Tanya, a keen footballer, was treated at a beach first aid post by St John Ambulance volunteer, Andrew Morrison and Red Cross volunteer, Alexandra Black. The team swiftly put their first aid skills into practice before transferring her to the advanced medical unit, staffed by the charities’ nurses and paramedics.

Chris Reed, Head of Volunteering for St John Ambulance, said: ‘We are trained to deal with any first aid emergency, from minor injuries to potentially fatal cardiac arrests, and are ready to be the difference between a life lost and a life saved, if required.

‘It will be a once in a lifetime opportunity for many people to celebrate their country hosting the Olympic Games and we’re proud to be part of the experience.'