Unprecedented level of medical support announced
The NatWest Island Games XVI are to have an unprecedented level of medical support available for everyone involved; athletes, delegates, visitors and spectators.
It is being made possible by Mercury Medical who, as Games partners, are sponsoring medical support and funding many of the resources.
At its heart will be the Mercury Medical Centre, situated in the Games Village throughout the event, from where a team of experts will operate. They will include:
- sports medical doctors
- general practitioners
- Jersey’s consultant cardiologist
- a sports nutritionist offering nutritional advice and support
- Jersey’s Health Promotion Unit providing advice on sun exposure
- Pilates instructors offering public sessions
Pop-up medical satellites
In addition to the Mercury Medical Centre, there will be pop-up medical satellite clinics at event venues. They will all have specialist medical plinth beds and safety and first aid equipment supplied by Mercury Medical, and all events will have a qualified first aid team present at all times with equipment from Mercury Medical.
The Jersey 2015 Organising Committee’s Head of Medical Services, Dr Adam Garnett, said: “The medical infrastructure, supplies and specialised kit required are significant, and all this would not be possible without the help, support and enthusiasm of Mercury Medical, who are providing much-needed medical kit not only for these Games but for future sporting events as part of our legacy.
“By moving the satellite clinic to the events as they take place, the organising committee’s aim is to make best use of resources and create zero wastage.”
Many organisations are involved in providing medical care. In addition to those based at the Mercury Medical Centre, there will be specialist emergency care and crowd support from St John Ambulance; Jersey Ambulance; Jersey’s Accident & Emergency Department; and 200 volunteer Waitrose Games Makers are having voluntary training with St John Ambulance to be on hand.
Chief Executive Officer of Mercury, Nigel Campbell said: “It is great to be working closely with Dr Garnett, all the medical experts and everyone in the community involved in the Games. We have a host of specialists who have joined the medical care team in order that a complete medical and wellness facility will be provided during the Games and afterwards as a legacy to the island.”
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