First aid unit goes into action

A MOBILE first aid unit worth £70,000 is to be put in to action by Suffolk's St John Ambulance at the British SuperStox World Final and Brisca F1 stockcar British Final this weekend.

A MOBILE first aid unit worth £70,000 is to be put in to action by Suffolk's St John Ambulance at the British SuperStox World Final and Brisca F1 stockcar British Final this weekend.

More than 30 members of the county's St John team will be manning the unit and two additional ambulances at the Foxhall Stadium event on Saturday.

It will be the first time the new unit has been brought in to use at the motorsport venue, having been commissioned early this year.

A doctor, three paramedics, a nurse and dozens of trained volunteers will be on hand to provide care to the 12,000-strong crowd.


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Keith Hotchkiss, transport services co-ordinator, said: “We are looking forward to providing cover at this key event.

“We are particularly pleased to be using our new first aid facility at the track for the first time.

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“This is a very special facility which has been made possible as a result of donations and a legacy left to the charity.”

The 30ft long mobile unit is equipped with stretchers, a main treatment area and crew rest area, allowing St John Ambulance staff to provide on-the-spot first aid care - bringing the casualty unit to the patient.

The unit replaces a 20-year-old converted coach which had been used by St John volunteers at hundreds of events around the region, including Lowestoft Air Festival and Suffolk Show.

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