Downpatrick Event Medical Cover
What we do
Our event team will work with clients, to understand the medical requirements and also the organiser’s vision of how the event should look. Some organisers prefer that medics are low key and only seen when they are needed, others feel that it is reassuring for their visitors to see that there is a good level of first aid or ambulance provision.
We will undertake a risk assessment and advise the correct level of cover, to ensure you meet the health & safety criteria, to provide safe and effective cover. We can then discuss anything else that you may like to add. For example, some event organisers ask if Medic 1 can also provide additional resources, such as welfare or safeguarding teams.
Many of our clients choose to work with us each year. We have built up a rapport with them and understand the requirements for their event. Others will contact us literally at the last minute asking for help when they have been let down. In most cases we can help, in all cases, we do our best, as we understand that even with everything else in place and maybe months of planning, the event cannot go ahead without adequate medical provision.
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Hugh Edwin Jones. MSc
Cyngor Gwynedd Council
What can Medic 1 Provide?
We have an experienced multidisciplinary team who work together to provide the correct level of care, required for your event.
Our first aiders have extended skills and maybe all that is required for some events. They will have kit appropriate to general emergencies, including defibrillators and some specific to the particular type of event they are at. AFA’s may patrol an area or remain in a medical centre. All AFA’s carry trackers allowing our control to dispatch the nearest, most appropriate first aid crew.
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Emergency Medical Technicians have gained a significant amount of knowledge and skills and can work on ambulances as part of an emergency team. Providing additional levels of care, and “blue light” transfers, should they be needed.
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Paramedics will work on an ambulance and provide a higher skill set than those above. They are registered, autonomous clinicians. Their skill set allows them to deliver a range of drugs and undertake invasive techniques.
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As part of our event team, nurses can issue prescriptions for some medications. They may carry out additional tasks such as suturing wounds, giving injections and will often work with paramedics and EMTs.
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Our team leader is responsible for managing your event. They are the sole point of contact between you as the organisers or your representative at the event and our team on site. This means that your medial provision can run smoothly. They will report back to you any concerns or health and safety issues.
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Our radio controller is the centre point of communication between our team. They are responsible for dispatching crews to nearby casualties with the aid of our GPS tracking software.
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We have a variety of ambulance unit types depending on our client's needs and the risk assessment. Our Frontline Paramedic and EMT ambulances are equipped to mirror what is usually present on an NHS ambulance. These are emergency “blue light” capable vehicles. We also have Twin EMT ambulances and EMT & ECA staffed ambulances and ambulances available for hire with a driver for film productions. All of our ambulance vehicles are tracked, allowing the person on control to dispatch the nearest, most appropriate vehicle.
Read more about our Frontline Paramedic / EMT Ambulance
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Rapid response vehicles are used to respond to emergencies throughout an event. They may take additional resources to the scene of an accident, to assist the first aid or ambulance crews. They are tracked, allowing the person on control to dispatch the nearest, most appropriate vehicle. They carry defibrillators, medical gases, drugs kits and other items used in emergency prehospital care.
Read more about our Twin First-Aider RRV
We can provide offroad vehicles for those areas of that are hard to get to by regular vehicles. This unit will always be supplied with two first aiders. The type of vehicle required will be discussed with yourselves prior to the event and based on our risk assessment.
Read more about our 4x4 Off-road Vehicles
Some events will benefit from our cycle responder teams. They carry equipment such as defibrillators and other emergency supplies. Many events, state that no motorised vehicles can move during the event. Crowds and limited access may prevent movement even if they are permitted, this is where cycle responders come into their own. These tracked teams can quickly get to the scene of a casualty and provide life-saving skills and equipment when it is needed.
Read more about our Cycle Responders
GPS Tracking Software
Our vehicles have tracking systems, this not only allows us to know their precise location but also to dispatch the nearest appropriate vehicle to wherever it is required. In addition to this each crew, made of two people from any of the grades listed, will also have trackers. So even if your event only has first aiders, their team leader, will know precisely where they are and be able to send the nearest crew to a casualty. Our tracking system was developed by our own IT specialists and has been recognised as speeding up response times to casualties and noted as having a positive impact on patient care.
Medic 1 can provide portable medical centres or marquees. This enables our teams onsite to treat patients in a private area and maintain patient dignity and confidentiality. In some cases, facilities are provided by event organisers. In many cases, a suitable room, with access to hand washing facilities will work well. In either case, we will provide all of the necessary equipment, including patient beds and medical equipment appropriate for the event.
Before the event
During the event
During the event, we will endeavour to ensure that your event runs smoothly. Our Team Leader will be the primary point of contact for your representative or health and safety officer. They will manage all of Medic 1 resources and will liaise with you if needed. Should there be any areas of concern, for example, if there is a pattern of accident or illness at a given part of the event, we will bring this to your attention. In short, we never forget that as well as looking after your event crew & visitors, we are working for you.
We are aware that sometimes even with the best possible planning, sometimes you can’t account for the unexpected. In light of this, we are able to offer last-minute cover for your event should you need extra resources.
After the event
We understand that as well as health and safety, the reputation of your event is important. Medic 1 will always conduct themselves in a manner that reflects the passion and care you have put into building a successful event.
We look forward to discussing your event shortly!