St John Ambulance staffed 13 treatment centres in London during New Year’s Eve. Teams of cycling first aiders from both St John Ambulance and the London Ambulance Service were used to reach casualties in the early evening, as the crowds were building, with special bikes carrying medical gases, defibrillators and other life saving first aid equipment.
Katherine Eaton, Events Manager for London St John Ambulance, said: ‘Our highly skilled team consists of more than 200 doctors, nurses, paramedics and first aiders, all trained and ready to deal with anything from a cut finger to a cardiac arrest.
Medical crews, aided by St John Ambulance volunteers, cared for 438 patients at more than a dozen treatment sites in central London. They sent 88 injured people to hospital.