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Medics care for Carnival crowds

A member of staff with two Carnival performers

Hundreds of people visiting or taking part in the Notting Hill Carnival needed medical help at the weekend.

Over the course of two days, the London Ambulance Service worked with St John Ambulance to treat 837 patients, with 98 of those taken to hospital.

Most people were treated for minor injuries or illness at one of the 11 treatment centres set up by St John Ambulance.

Ambulance Operations Manager Natasha Wills, who was in charge of all medical arrangements at the Carnival, said: “We’ve had a busy couple of days and over 120 staff were on duty on Sunday and 140 on Monday.  We planned extensively for the event and by working closely with St John Ambulance, the police and organisers were able to provide effective medical help for the crowds enjoying the Carnival.

“I would like to thank everyone who has been involved in delivering care to the large number of patients and for playing their part making the Carnival an enjoyable event.”

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