Monday 22nd August 2016 – 9.45am – Claire Brown.
As festival goers start to pack up their tents at Weston Park this morning, our on-site medical provision begins to wind down from another busy V Festival.
Since the gates opened on Friday, West Midlands Ambulance Service has been on-site to provide medical cover in partnership with St. John Ambulance. The provision included a medical centre staffed by doctors and nurses, as well as a command and control centre which co-ordinated the responses of ambulances and other medical staff stationed across the site to patients in need of medical assistance.
A total of 1,218 patients have been treated, a slight increase from last year, with 40 patients requiring onward transportation by ambulance to hospital.
The wet weather didn’t let up much throughout the weekend for revellers and consequently played a part with many injuring themselves after slips, trips and falls. A number of patients were also treated for the effects of too much alcohol and people with a flare up of pre-existing medical conditions were also seen.
Steve Wheaton, Assistant Chief Ambulance Officer, said: “With tens of thousands of people all in one place, we’re always prepared for the unexpected as it’s inevitable that people will fall ill and require our help. The team of staff and volunteers have worked extremely hard to ensure every patient received the very best care. A special thank you to the day staff that remained onsite after their shift had ended last night to lend an extra pair of hands during a particularly busy period in the medical centre.
“As a Trust, we’ve provided medical cover at V Festival for several years now and are proud when months of planning culminate into a smooth and successful operation. Thank you to St. John Ambulance and all of our staff for their hard work throughout the weekend which ensured it was another safe festival. We’ll remain on site all day today, until the last of the campers have left.”