20 December 2013
To be attributed to a London Ambulance Service
We were called just after 8.10pm to the Apollo
Theatre in Shaftesbury Avenue.
We sent a large number of staff to the scene,
including 25 ambulance crews, 12 officers, members of our hazardous
area response team and a medical team from London’s Air Ambulance
also attended in a car.
Our first staff arrived within three minutes
and we worked closely with the other emergency services to care for
We treated 76 patients, of whom 58 were
subsequently taken to one of four hospitals - St Mary’s Hospital,
University College Hospital, St Thomas’ Hospital and St George’s
Of these, 51 had suffered minor injuries and
were walking wounded and seven had suffered more serious
Incident Commander Maria Smith, who was one of
the first on scene, said: “When I arrived it was dark and extremely
dusty and people were lying on the floor of the theatre.
“We very quickly set up a casualty clearing
area in the foyer of the theatre and the walking wounded were
assessed and treated there for injuries such as cuts and grazes,
breathing problems and head injuries.
“All the staff involved did an excellent job
to help ensure that people received medical attention and those who
needed further treatment were taken to hospital.”
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