December 13 2013 Latest news:
Tuesday, August 27, 2013
London Ambulance Service had its busiest ever Notting Hill Carnival, treating 50 per cent more patients this year than in 2012.
Medics worked with St John Ambulance to treat 1,263 people during the two-day event yesterday and on Sunday, compared to 837 last year.
A total of 183 patients were taken to hospital this year – up from 98 last year.
Ambulance operations manager Natasha Wills, who oversaw the service’s response, said: “It was extremely busy for us, but it’s always a great event to work.
“Many of our patients were treated for cuts and injuries to their feet because of broken glass on the ground. There were also lots of people who were suffering the effects of too much alcohol.
“We plan extensively for the carnival and had an extra 190 staff on duty, enabling us and our St John Ambulance colleagues to get to patients quickly.”
There were 10 treatment centres set up along the carnival route, where the majority of patients received care.