Coronation Day at London Ambulance Service – in pictures
London Ambulance Service has shared pictures of the staff who worked tirelessly to make sure Londoners were safe and well during the Coronation of King Charles III.
With huge crowds in London lining the coronation procession route and gathering around Buckingham Palace, and with many people celebrating at home or at street parties, we had more than 250 additional staff working to support the historic occasion.
Behind the scenes, staff in our control rooms took more than 5,000 999 calls on Saturday 6th and more than 16,000 in total over the three-day weekend. They got into the weekend celebration mood with flags, cakes and treats at our Newham 999 control room.
On the ground in the heart of the capital, staff were out on bicycles, motorbikes, on foot, and joined the teams from St John Ambulance at treatment centres throughout the busiest areas.
We deployed 25 Medical Response Teams (MRTs) – usually made up of two LAS staff and two St John Ambulance staff – on the day. This MRT of Charlie, David, James and Simon based to the South of the Mall responded to 999 calls on foot, navigating the crowds to deliver treatment, bring them to the treatment centre or get them to hospital when needed.
These staff (below) joined one of the St John treatment centres just south of the Mall to care for the crowds watching the procession.
Chief Executive Daniel Elkeles showed his support by joining staff, shadowing one of the Bronze Commanders Peter Swan as he co-ordinated our medical resources on the ground and kept in close contact with our partners in the Metropolitan Police and St John Ambulance.
After a briefing and orientation of the operating area, one of the MRTs was deployed to their first job, when a patient had passed out in the crowd and needed to be taken to a treatment centre with a wheelchair.
Casualty Retrieval Teams were also on hand to transport patients through the crowds to Treatment centres using trolley beds.
The MRT unit saw a number of patients suffering from fatigue due to lack of water, food and sleep. Some of the crowd had been camping for days to get a front row view, only to miss out at that most important moment.
Here, David treats a lady who had collapsed in the crowd and had been pulled out by the Met police.
The team, accompanied, by the Met police then helped a lady who was suffering from the cold weather conditions and was feeling unwell due to being in the crowd for a long period of time.
Between treating patients the MRT units patrolled the event footprint looking for people who might be in need of help.
Will, Caroline, Holly and Tom were an Ambulance crew stationed on the edge of the event area taking patients to hospital as needed throughout the day.
As the day wore on, teams like Simon and Charlie had to sort equipment and replenish supplies after treating patients watching the procession.
After a long busy day helping treat patients across the event area, our staff returned to the staging area to check out and head home.