Praise for ambulance volunteers and staff following busy V Festival
Date: 21 August 2017
Ambulance bosses have praised staff and volunteers for their hard work during V Festival.
During the four-day event (Friday 18th – Monday 21st August) in Chelmsford, just over 800 patients were seen by the teams from the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust (EEAST) and volunteers from St John Ambulance.
The majority of people were treated and discharged on the scene, with 31 patients taken to Broomfield Hospital.
The teams dealt with an array of injuries with the most common being concerns for welfare owing to excess alcohol or drugs, small cuts and foot injuries.
The clinicians also worked with volunteers from Open Road, who staffed a number of welfare tents on the site, to ensure patients who may have been concerns for welfare were given adequate support and a safe space to recover.
Jon Moore, Deputy Director for Service Transformation, Specialist Operations and Resilience at EEAST, said: “We would like to thank the majority of the public who attended V Festival this year for staying safe and looking after one another. Jointly between us and St John Ambulance, we treated about 100 fewer people than last year.
“We would like to thank the huge number of volunteers who supported the medical care and welfare operation and all our staff who worked incredibly hard in a demanding environment.
“You never know what will walk through the door next at events like this but it was reassuring to see nothing too serious and know that we had the skills and experience to deal with challenges, should they arise.
“It was a very well-run operation and a great example of partnership working at its best.”
EEAST treated 110 patients this year compared with 380 last year, and the additional 700 patients were seen to by St John Ambulance.
To learn more about our operations at V Festival, find our tweets from the event at @EastEnglandAmb.
More than 800 patients seen during festival