V Festival 2013: Warning for festival-goers
PUBLISHED: 12:10 15 August 2013 | UPDATED: 22:13 16 August 2013
AS thousands of revellers make their way to Hylands Park, Chelmsford this weekend, for the annual V Festival, ambulance bosses have issued warning.
Last year paramedics responded to 394 incidents at the festival, with festival-goers suffering from a variety of ailments including sunburn and alcohol poisoning.
Jason Gillingham, Operational General Manager for North Essex, said: “We want people to have a fantastic time while at V Festival and that means looking after themselves and their friends. No-one wants to see their weekend end in a trip in an ambulance, so we’re urging people not to be tempted by illegal substances and not to over-indulge on alcohol, as well as keeping hydrated by drinking water.
“We’re also suggesting people heading to the festival go prepared: take both sun cream and extra clothing as you can never predict what the weather will be, and if you have a pre-existing medical condition ensure you have enough medication with you to last you the weekend.”
As well as having four ambulances at Hylands Park and ready to respond at any one time throughout the duration of the festival, the ambulance service will have additional resources.
They will have 10 new four wheel free-landers available and thanks to Suzuki they will also have an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) to help access difficult to reach patients.
Ambulance officers, emergency care practitioners and rapid response vehicles will also be on site, and for the first time there will be critical care paramedics on hand to help the seriously ill patients.
There will also be members of the ambulance service’s cycle response unit (CRU) ready to respond to emergencies on their bicycles.
Jason said: “The CRU team are really beneficial at events such as V Festival. By travelling to patients by bike rather than by ambulance, they can reach off road places with much more ease, weaving in and out of the crowds to reach the patient as quickly as possible. CRU paramedics carry a full set of equipment on their bikes so the patient is getting the exact same care as if an ambulance was attending to them – just sooner.
“We’d also like to say thank you to Suzuki for providing us with an all-terrain vehicle which will further help us reach patients who have fallen ill in a location that our land ambulances or rapid response vehicles can’t easily reach.”
St John Ambulance will also be present at the event to attend to provide first aid for minor ailments and injuries.
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