Medical volunteers from St John Ambulance are getting ready to hit the streets for the New Year celebrations in the Capital.
Over 250,000 revellers are expected to ring in the New Year by watching the stunning display over the South Bank - with the event being ticketed for the first time. The St John team will be on standby to ensure that anyone who needs first aid gets help, and will include over 125 first aiders, 15 crewed ambulances, 18 joint medical response teams and six cycle responders.
Katherine Eaton, events manager for London St John Ambulance, said: "Our highly skilled team are ready to deal with anything from a cut finger to a cardiac arrest. If you need medical help make your way, if you can, to one of our treatment centres. In an emergency ask for help - or get a friend or passer-by to do it for you - from a steward, security official, first aid volunteer or police officer. Only dial 999 as a last resort."
The treatment centres are at the following locations:
- Whitehall Court
- Westminster Abbey – The Sanctuary
- Wardour Street
- Embankment Station
- St Martin in the Fields
- The Mall Concert Hall Approach
- Waterloo Station
- Belvedere Road
- Temple Place
- Savoy Place
Teams of cycling first aiders from both St John Ambulance and the London Ambulance Service will be used to reach, as the crowds are building, with special bikes carrying medical gases, defibrillators and other life saving first aid equipment. The 18 joint medical response teams from both organisations will be out among the dense crowds on foot, ready to transfer casualties to the nearest treatment centre when necessary.
New Year's Eve is one of the busiest nights of the year, particularly in central London, but revellers, wherever they are, are advised to plan ahead to get the most out of the plethora of other celebratory activities taking place in bars, restaurants, pubs and clubs across the capital. Many venues will be ticketed and need to be booked in advance. To find out more about what is going on visit visitlondon.com/newyearseve
With free all night travel, public transport will be the best way to get about and people should check out www.tfl.gov.uk for travel information.