Rugby 7s First Aiding – St John LINKS

This weekend saw rugby players come from all over the country to take part in the Rugby 7s matches in Aberystwyth. With many teams from Aberystwyth or the surrounding area to people I spoke to coming from Cardiff and London too, this was a big event. With 6 pitches in constant use, the games were fast-paced and brutal, and our St John LINKS society had been drafted in to help out with the many tons of injuries that occurred.

Town Ambulance and First Aid Tent

Town Ambulance and First Aid Tent

We had a large first aid tent in the centre of the playing fields, with all the pitches around us. Town’s ambulance was sat next to us, and Carmarthen’s ambulance was also on-site to help transfer people to hospital and was crewed by 2 very nice EMTs who were invaluable.

Aber Town Ambulance

Aber Town Ambulance - My Concept Photography

On the first day, I had great fun treating on the pitches for the majority of the time, and a more intense time in the first aid tent. In total I treated about 14 casualties, and assisted in a few more which has helped my treating confidence massively. Also watching some of the really experienced members treat injuries helped me to learn some new tips and tricks to diagnose problems and rule out more serious injuries.

Control Board

Control Board

On the second day, I was based in control manning the radios, communicating with all of the first aid teams on the pitches and the Carmarthen ambulance. This was good fun too as I was able to help control the first aid cover in a larger way, and also was able to help out the first aid teams by delivering them: foldable seats so they could rest, medical supplies before they ran out, and water because of the intense sunshine we received in the afternoon. As well as merrily delivering supplies, I treated and assisted 5-6 casualties including a spinal and a head injury, and ordered the delivery of other supplies to pitches.

Renault Ambulance Lightbar

Renault Ambulance Lightbar

All in all, a very interesting and informative weekend, with over 90 casualties being treated on the first day, and well over 100 on the second day. Also managed to take a few pictures of the Renault Master Ambulances.

Matt