Reducing the strain on the NHS Resources
The NHS is a respected and valued service to everyone in the UK. It is also one of the busiest and on a daily basis, struggles to meet the ever-increasing demands upon it.
Due to this, event organisers have a duty to make sure that their events have appropriately trained and equipped first aid and if required ambulance provision. To find out how this is calculated and how to book, please visit the event pages.
Medic 1 respects and values the NHS as much as you do, in fact, many of the team have or still do work within the NHS. This means that we understand the pressures that their staff face and are committed to doing all we can to help, by reducing their workload.
How do we help?Throughout the year, we provide event medical services to every kind and size of event you can think of, We work closely with event teams to ensure that we have the right level of provision and equipment for the job. We are there to look after people who may become unwell or have an accident. They maybe event visitors, staff or people taking part in an activity such as a motorsport event or performance.
What we doWe are able to assess, stabilise and in many cases treat casualties. For example; we may suture a wound, provide antibiotics or other medications, eliminating the need to attend the local hospital Emergency Department. Some patients will be so unwell, that they must go to the hospital. However, with our frontline crews on site, there is no need to call an ambulance, which takes local ambulance staff away from emergencies in the community, Medic 1 can provide “blue light” emergency transfers.
Facts and figuresAs a multidisciplinary medical team, we reduce the strain on NHS resources. Every time we treat someone at an event, this potentially reduces the number of times the Emergency Departments, Walk-in Centres and GP practices may be called upon to assist. Every time you see a Medic 1 ambulance transporting a patient, this is an NHS crew that can continue to get on with their regular work.
To give you an idea, in one event in November we had 35 casualties throughout the weekend. Most casualties only required minor first aid, two were taken to hospital as they needed further investigations, X-rays etc. Lastly, two patients have transferred as time-critical emergencies. That is four ambulances that the NHS did not have to send. It is worth noting that the two-time critical patients, needed to be in hospital quickly. They did not have to wait for an ambulance to arrive. They were assessed, their condition treated in line with pre-hospital protocols and transferred on blue lights to the most appropriate medical facility.
In 2018 Medic 1 assisted over 1486 casualties at events, around the uk.