London Ambulance Service is limbering up for another Notting Hill Carnival, but instead of putting the finishing touches to their costumes, medics are preparing to duck and bob through the excitement to get to people in need of treatment.
With crowds at Europe’s largest street festival on Sunday 24 August and Monday 25 August expected to be almost a million, the Service will partner up with St John Ambulance (SJA) to provide teams of three to easily navigate the narrow streets to get to patients in need.
Each team, made up of a paramedic, an emergency medical technician and a SJA volunteer, will work on foot with full medical equipment including a defibrillator, oxygen and a carry sheet which can be used as a stretcher.
These teams will work with ten treatment centres along the parade route, where the majority of patients will receive care.
Director of Operations Jason Killens said: “This is always a great event and we hope that everyone who attends has a safe and enjoyable time.
“Visitors can help themselves by making sure they bring any medication they may need, drink alcohol responsibly and drink plenty of water. Every year we treat lots of people for cuts and injuries to their feet so it is important people wear sensible shoes that will protect their feet from any broken glass along the route.
“We plan well in advance for the carnival with St John Ambulance and the emergency services, and ensure that extra staff are available throughout the weekend.
“Our aim is to treat as many people who need first aid at one of the treatment centres run by St John Ambulance, so they don’t have to go to hospital unless they really need to.”
He added: “In the case of a medical emergency, it’s best to go to one of the treatment centres rather than dialling for an ambulance, as it can be difficult to find people in the crowds.”
One way revellers can prepare for the carnival is to download the Notting Hill Carnival App which, as well as showing you the best Caribbean food stalls and soundsystems, will show you how to find our treatment centres on the day.
The Notting Hill Carnival mApp is available for iPhone and Android.
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