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St John Ambulance kept busy at Cheltenham Festival

PUBLISHED: 13:52 18 March 2013 | UPDATED: 21:12 05 April 2013

St John Ambulance kept busy at Cheltenham Festival

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 CheltenhamFestival

A St John Ambulance teamtreated 250 patients during last weeks Cheltenham Festival.

The charity had 40 firstaiders, five ambulances, one 4x4 ambulance, a Cycle Response team,a mobile treatment centre, a first aid postand communication team in situ fromTuesday to Friday to provide a rapidresponse to any medical emergency.

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

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

Des Young, Regional EventsManager for St John Ambulance in the South West, says,The Cheltenham Festival is one of the largest events wecover in the South West. The team worked hard to ensure that people receivedvery prompt and thecorrect medicaltreatment, in some cases with people being treated within several minutes.

At an event like this younever know what medical emergencies you may be faced with but the team workedwell and we are glad to have been able to help so many people.

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