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St John Wales Treats Record Numbers as Temperatures Soar at the Royal Welsh
Wales’s leading first aid charity St John Wales is warning people to keep hydrated ahead of the third day at Wales’s most popular agriculture show.
Temperatures at the showground have led to a dramatic rise in the number of casualties at the site with figures reaching record highs in the first two days.
On Monday more than 190 people were treated and on Tuesday crews dealt with 202 incidents, bringing the number of casualties to 392, with two days to go. Last year there were only 480 casualties for the week. On Tuesday three people collapsed in a 45 minute period due to the heat.
The first aid charity is warning people to ensure that they are prepared for the weather before entering the ground.
David Gardner, St John Wales Commissioner for Mid Wales, is leading the first aid team at the Royal Welsh Show, he said: “We have over 50 first aiders, 6 ambulances providing round the clock cover. The number of people we have treated has reached record levels this year with a significant rise in heat related incidents. We have now set up an additional shelter to treat those with minor injuries, to free up beds in the main treatment centre. We have also activated our serious incident procedures due to the volume of patients, expanding our treatment areas to enable better flow of patients.
“We have had a variety of injuries from fractures caused by slips and falls and animal kicks to very ill people with cardiac and heat related problems.”
As of Tuesday 11:00 a total of 10 patients had been taken to hospital with St John Wales Ambulances taking the majority of the casualties.
To avoid incidents people attending the showground should
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