Monday 18th August 2014 – 8am – Steve Parry.
As of this morning, 850 people have been treated by on-site medical staff at V Festival at Weston Park during the weekend.
Since the gates opened, on-site ambulance crews have been called out 850 times and a total of 18 people have been taken to hospital. Two incidents of note were reported yesterday and overnight. A man in his twenties was airlifted to hospital after he suffered a back injury. A man received minor injuries following a fire on site.
The medical cover for the festival has been provided by a team of almost 300 staff and volunteers from West Midlands Ambulance Service, Venture Event Medical Management and St. John Ambulance. The team has been operating a medical centre on site, along with a command and control centre which has co-ordinated ambulances and other medical staff who have been stationed within the main arena and in the campsite areas.
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “This year, many of the patients were treated for medical issues and many already had pre-existing medical conditions.
“With thousands of people all in one place, it’s always expected that some people will fall ill and require medical help. At Weston Park, the team of almost 300 staff and volunteers were on hand and have worked extremely hard to ensure every patient is given the very best treatment. The staff and volunteers will continue to remain on site all day today, until the last of the campers have left.
“Thank you to all WMAS staff, Venture Event Medical Management and St. John Ambulance for their hard work ensuring a safe festival for all those attending.”