Saturday 22nd August 2015 – 7.00am – John Hawker.
West Midlands Ambulance Service, in partnership with Venture Event Medical Management and St. John Ambulance, is providing medical cover at this year’s V Festival at Weston Park.
The organisations’ staff and volunteers, of which there are more than 300, are operating a medical centre on site, along with a command and control centre which is co-ordinating ambulances and other medical staff who are stationed within the main arena and in the campsite areas.
They will be on hand to assess and treat anyone who should become ill or injured during the weekend, providing first-class medical services onsite for the thousands of festival goers, making it one of the safest festivals in the country.
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “It’s been a steady start for the staff and volunteers since the gates opened to campers on Friday.
“So far, 132 people have been treated at the on-site medical centre collectively by St. John Ambulance volunteers and West Midlands Ambulance Service staff after self-presenting to the facility. On-site ambulance crews around Weston Park tended to a further 36 patients with only three patients requiring hospital treatment. This included a patient with an ear injury and also a second patient with a suspected fractured ankle.
“Fortunately, the vast majority of cases were minor injuries, including trips, bumps and falls and a number of people having suffered a wasp or bee sting.
“The weather forecast is mixed for the rest of the weekend so we would ask people to be prepared. If you’re heading to the festival it’s really important that you don’t forget some waterproofs and some wellies as it is likely to become muddy and slippy underfoot if the bad weather arrives. As always, we would advise festival goers to keep themselves hydrated by drinking lots of non-alcoholic drinks, and finally we always ask people to make sure they enjoy themselves and have fun!”