St John Ambulance kept busy at Cheltenham Festival


A St John Ambulance team treated 250 patients during last week's Cheltenham Festival.

St John Ambulance kept busy at Cheltenham Festival 

A St John Ambulance team treated 250 patients during last week’s Cheltenham Festival.

The charity had 40 first aiders, five ambulances, one 4x4 ambulance, a Cycle Response team, a mobile treatment centre, a first aid post and communication team in situ from Tuesday to Friday to provide a rapid response to any medical emergency.

On Tuesday they treated 50 people and three were taken to hospital; Wednesday 60 people received treatment with six taken to hospital including one via air ambulance; on Thursday, St John Ambulance dealt with 73 people with four taken to hospital and on Friday, 67 people received care with five taken to hospital.

Cases treated by the team included burns, chest pain, twisted ankles, abdominal pain, allergic reactions, lacerations, trips and falls, asthma attacks and foot injuries as well as treating intoxicated people.

Des Young, Regional Events Manager for St John Ambulance in the South West, says, “The Cheltenham Festival is one of the largest events we cover in the South West. The team worked hard to ensure that people received very prompt and the correct medical treatment, in some cases with people being treated within several minutes.

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“At an event like this you never know what medical emergencies you may be faced with but the team worked well and we are glad to have been able to help so many people.”

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