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London Ambulance Service prepares for Carnival celebrations

Hundreds of medical staff will once again be on hand at this year’s Notting Hill Carnival.

The London Ambulance Service will be co-ordinating all first aid and medical support, in partnership with St John Ambulance, with more than 380 medical staff set to be on duty on both days.

St John Ambulance treatment centres will be in use while the Service’s team will include emergency care practitioners, cycle responders, Patient Transport Service staff, as well as ambulance crews and control room and support staff.

Assistant Director of Operations Jason Killens, who will be overseeing medical arrangements for the Carnival, said: “This is always a great event and we hope that everyone who attends has a safe and enjoyable time.

“Our aim will be to treat as many people who do need first aid at one of the treatment centres, so they don’t have to go to hospital unless they really need to.

“Visitors to the Carnival can also help themselves by making sure they bring with them any regular medication, carry some suncream or waterproof clothing depending on the weather, and also drink plenty of water. 

“If there is a medical emergency, they should dial 999 with details of the exact location where help is required—taking note of the street name and nearest junction if they can see it. We will also need to know the number of patients and their age and sex, and as many details as possible about what is wrong with them.”

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