One of the main questions we are always asked is ‘Do I need medical cover for my event?’
And the short answer really (and unhelpfully) is… it depends. In one sense, yes, as the event organiser it is your responsibility to provide medical cover for the public attending your event, however small its is. The question is really, what level of cover is necessary? If it is a small, low risk event then you will not need a full team with two fully equipped ambulances and an off road stretcher carrying 4×4! A qualified first aider may be all that is required – and you may already have one on your organising team.
However if it is an event of any size or risk then you would be wise to seek professional advice as to the level of medical cover you require. As a general rule of thumb, if you are expecting more than a thousand people, you will need some form of medical cover. Or if it is an event with a higher risk factor – a sporting event for example, rather than a vegetable show – you will need some sort of medical cover.
So, when asking the question ‘Do I need medical cover for my event?’ you need to think about the following things:
- How many people are attending?
- What is the audience profile? Mainly young? old? family groups? teenagers?
- What activities do you have at your event? And how risky are they?
- What is the location? and how accessible?
- How far is it from the nearest A&E?
- What time of year is the event?
- What is the venue? (indoor/outdoor?)
- Will there be overnight camping which also needs medical cover?
- Is there a specific hazard on site to be aware of?
- What is the past experience of the event/ (How many medical needs have there been in previous years?)
Deciding the level of medical cover you need for any event is a but of a nightmare. We would be more than happy to work with you on this to determine the necessary requirements. If we can help at all, please contact us for a no-obligation chat on 07973729404 (David)