Over 1000 treated at V Festival in Weston Park
Volunteers from St John Ambulance helped,
as part of the medical team, to treat 1,359
festival goers at the V Festival in Weston Park over the
weekend 18 – 19 August 2012.
A team of more than 200
staff and volunteers from St John Ambulance, West Midlands
Ambulance Service and Venture Event Medical
Management provided medical cover at the
annual Staffordshire event.
The V Festival is one of St John Ambulance West Midlands
Region's biggest first aid operations of the year.
The nation's leading first aid charity provided a
150-strong team of healthcare professionals,
ambulance crews, first aiders and support for this year's
Five treatment centres and a 24-hour advanced medical centre
were set up to support revellers and first aiders were out and
about among the crowds in the main arena and at the campsite.
A command and control centre co-ordinated
ambulances and other medical staff stationed within the main arena
and campsite areas.
Ambulance crews were called out 254 times and a
total of 24 people were taken to hospital. They
included a woman with a head injury, a man with a suspected
fractured ankle, a woman who suffered a recurrence of a
pre-existing heart condition and two women who suffered fractured
lower legs and dislocated knees.
Sadly, a man was confirmed dead at V Festival in the early hours
of Sunday morning.
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: ‘This year,
many of the patients were treated for medical issues and many
already had pre-existing medical conditions.’
Providing essential first aid
St John Ambulance was named Supplier of the
Year at the Event Production Awards 2012 in acknowledgment
of the first aid cover it provides at thousands of events each
year. The award was based on St John Ambulance's cover at the V
Festival in Staffordshire and highlighted its 24 hour medical
Glen Curry, Regional Events Manager at St John
Ambulance, said: ‘Winning the award is a great accolade for
the front line teams like those in the West Midlands
Region who deliver such a great service on the ground and
ensure first aid is available to anyone who needs it.’