Sunday 18th August 2013 – 7.10am – 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 and stage side first aid posts, which since the gates of Weston Park opened, has treated 828 patients. On-site ambulance crews have been called out to attend patients 173 times. A total of 15 people have been taken to hospital, they include people who have suffered injuries after falling over and also several with pre-existing medical conditions that required further treatment at hospital.
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman 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, help won’t be far away. In most cases, a trip to hospital isn’t required and after treatment 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 large number of alcohol related cases.
“With nearly 300 staff and volunteers working tirelessly behind the scenes throughout the weekend, the team is providing a first-class medical service ensuring festival goers can enjoy themselves safely.”