First aid cover for New Year celebrations

Treatment centre

London’s St John Ambulance volunteers are preparing to rise to the last major challenge of their busiest year ever – providing life saving first aid at New Year’s Eve celebrations.

More than 200 volunteers from the nation’s leading first aid charity will be there to help, when an expected crowd of more than 700,000 revellers gather in London to celebrate the end of an extraordinary year, particularly for the capital.

Treatment centres

Volunteers will staff 13 treatment centres along the South Bank, in Trafalgar Square, Leicester Square, Piccadilly Circus, Charing Cross Station and other popular tourist hotspots, which are set to attract hordes of partygoers to the spectacular fire work display and year end festivities. The charity has been providing first aid cover for London’s New Year celebrations for more than 40 years.

In addition to the treatment centres, Cycle Responders will be used to reach casualties in dense crowds with special bikes carrying medical gases, defibrillators and other vital first aid equipment.

Another 20 medical response teams from St John Ambulance and the London Ambulance service will be out among the crowds on foot, ready to rush casualties into the nearest treatment centre.

Last year the two organisations treated 822 New Year’s Eve casualties and transferred 106 patients to hospital. Medical conditions ranged from head wounds and fainting fits to panic attacks and alcohol-related injuries.

Members of the public attending the celebrations are urged to avoid making 999 calls unless absolutely necessary.

Mike Gibbons, District Manager for St John Ambulance in London, said: 

‘While hundreds of thousands of people are partying on New Year’s Eve our volunteers will be out there once again, keeping people safe and using their skills to save lives.’

Icy conditions

Strains and sprains are much more likely to happen when there are icy conditions. Sometimes it can be hard to tell the difference between a strain/sprain and a fracture as they all can be painful, tender and swollen. If you are unable to bear weight on the limb, if there is any obvious deformity or have any doubts about the seriousness of the injury then always seek medical advice.

Festive first aid

In time for any Christmas and New Year celebrations it is more important than ever to learn or refresh your first aid skills. The organisation is urging everyone to know some basic first aid so that if needed, you can be the difference between life and death.

See our Facebook page for daily first aid tips this week to help you stay safe over the festive season.

Why not have a go and challenge your friends to our Christmas version of Rescue Run, the fun online game that puts your first aid knowledge to the test.

 

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