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Hundreds treated for alcohol related injuries during first day of Notting Hill Carnival

Last year, London Ambulance Service treated nearly 1,000 patients

More than 400 people were treated by paramedics during the first day (August 27) of the Notting Hill Carnival in west London.

According to London Ambulance Service's official Twitter page, 422 patients required assistance - mostly for alcohol related injuries.

On Twitter, the service said one of the patients was "very poorly" and needed to go to hospital.

The tweet continued: "His friends say he has had too much to drink and do not go with him."

Working alongside St John Ambulance, the service has up to 210 medics and nine treatment centres at this year's carnival.

In addition, clinicians are out on the streets responding to emergencies on foot while carrying specialist equipment, such as defibrillators.

Last year, the service treated "nearly 955" patients and took 144 people to hospital from Europe's largest street party.

Tactical commander for the carnival Paul Gates said: “Many of our patients needed emergency help after they had been drinking or taking drugs, so we are encouraging those attending the carnival to drink alcohol sensibly, and avoid illegal substances.

"We would also advise people to use sunscreen, carry any medications which may be needed, drink plenty of water, and wear sensible footwear."

Mr Gates added: "If you do feel unwell or get hurt in any way, you seek help at the treatment centres which have been specifically set up for the carnival rather than dialling 999."

How to avoid alcohol related injuries

  • Eat before drinking
  • Try pacing and spacing
  • Drink smaller drinks
  • Keep a check on how much you are drinking
  • Plan your journey home

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