Saturday 20th August 2015 – 6.55am – Murray MacGregor.
West Midlands Ambulance Service in partnership with 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, 230 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 40 patients with 11 patients requiring hospital treatment. These were mainly people with existing medical conditions, though a couple had sustained fractures after falls.
“The vast majority of cases were minor injuries as a result of people being intoxicated.
“With the weather forecast looking potentially quite stormy, 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 slippery underfoot.
“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, have fun and enjoy the music!”