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IT has been a muddy year for NHS staff who provide medical and other services at Isle of Wight Festival. It was, however, one that was medically managed successfully by Isle of Wight NHS Trust staff.

Festival goers were treated for a variety of problems ranging from allergies, blisters, sunburn and sprains through to over indulgence, minor burns and exhaustion.   During the event the Ambulance service responded to 161 calls on site.  Around 350 patients were seen in the main medical facility on the site over the weekend.   In the First Aid Centre on Strawberry Fields, St. John Ambulance and the Red Cross, with support from Isle of Wight Ambulance Service, dealt with 311 patients.

On the campsite a total of 385 patients were seen by the private medical contractor of which some were also seen and treated by NHS doctors on the site.

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Chris Smith, Head of the Isle of Wight Ambulance Service comments: “The partnership working between the Island’s NHS, South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust’s HART specialist team, and the St. John Ambulance and Red Cross volunteers in Strawberry Fields is an important part of the service provided.   Hundreds of Festival goers were helped with Injuries, illness and minor ailments and our colleagues in St. John Ambulance and the Red Cross were kept busy until the early hours and our private sector partners kept the campsite vigil all night long.   Indeed the whole medical service provided to the Festival is based on excellent partnership working between the NHS, voluntary and private sectors.”

“The working relationship with Isle of Wight Ambulance Service is excellent;” says Christine Stratton, St. John Ambulance Commissioner for the Isle of Wight.  “Each day over the weekend we had 14 Island volunteers from St. John and 4 from the British Red Cross who ensured that we could cover the First Aid Centre with between 12 and 17 people at any one time.  We also had three ambulances on site.   The Festival is hard work and very tiring but it’s a brilliant weekend and enjoyed by all.”

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