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