London Ambulance Service provides medical cover with Pride

21 June 2016

The London Ambulance Service is once again proud to be taking part in this year’s Pride event on Saturday (25 June) with around 40 ambulance, control and support staff joining the parade through central London with an ambulance.

As well as joining the parade, the Service is also providing medical cover for the event. A special control room will be opened to respond to incidents in the event area and mobile teams will attend on foot in the busy areas carrying all the kit they require for medical emergencies. There will also be three treatment centres set up and over 140 staff ready to respond.

London Ambulance Service LGBT Forum Chair, Steph Adams, said: “We are excited to be part of the parade and we always get a good reception from the crowds.”

“Pride is just a fantastic, joyful day. Those of us in the Parade go in our own time and we are proud to be seen in our uniform to show the public ‘this is us, this is who we are’ and that we’re part of an accepting organisation. This also fits with this year’s theme of #NoFilter – where people are encouraged to be themselves.”

Last year the Service treated 70 patients and took nine to hospital – mostly for intoxication through drugs and alcohol.

Incident and Delivery Manager, Paul Gates, is responsible for the medical cover at the event. He said: “We want everyone to have a good time but don’t take drugs and make sure you drink sensibly, eat a meal and plan your journey home so you don’t end your day in the back of an ambulance. 

“Spectators who feel unwell or have minor injuries or illness are encouraged to make their own way to one of the treatment centres. This will be the quickest way to access medical help.”

There are three treatment centres in the event area:

  • Pall Mall East – near Trafalgar Square
  • Manett Street – near Soho Square
  • Golden Square

The Service is asking people to bring waterproof clothing or sun cream depending on the weather and to drink plenty of water. 

ENDS

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