Sunday 23rd August 2015 – 9.30am – John Hawker.
West Midlands Ambulance Service continues to provide medical cover at this year’s V Festival at Weston Park in partnership with Venture Event Medical Management and St. John Ambulance.
The organisations are operating a medical centre at Weston Park and since the gates opened, staff have treated 611 self-presenting patients, with on-site ambulance crews have been called out 86 times (57 medical cases and 29 trauma cases).
A total of 22 people have been taken to hospital, they include people who have suffered injuries after falling over and subsequently suffered suspected lower leg fractures. Several patients with pre-existing medical conditions were also treated that required further treatment at hospital.
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Doctors, nurses, paramedics, technicians, managers, first aiders, control room staff and logistics staff are on hand to make sure that if you are unfortunate enough to fall ill or get injured, help won’t be far away.
“In most cases, a trip to hospital isn’t required and revellers are able to continue enjoying the event. So far, the majority of the patients have been treated for medical issues, many already had pre-existing medical conditions but crews have also seen a number of alcohol related cases.
“There was lots of rain overnight which meant medical staff saw an increase in the number of injuries suffered from people falling over. The weather is looking a lot better at the moment and we hope this will continue for the rest of the festival.
“With more than 300 staff and volunteers working tirelessly behind the scenes throughout the weekend, the team is ensuring a first-class medical service is available to everyone, making it one of the safest festivals in the country.”