UHBC Head Race Safety page 

 UNITED HOSPITALS HEAD RACE

 
Facilities for medical aid and evacuation
First aid Serious injury Evacuation
UL Boathouse
(Tideway Scullers SC Boathouse for GKT)
Call ambulance via 999 (co-ordinated through race control at UL). Ensure correct postcode is given to the operator.
 
Senior medical advisor (at start) (contact by radio or mobile).
By road By air (possibilities)
1. Primary - ULBH –
89 Hartington Rd, W4 3TU
Primary: ULBH
89 Hartington Rd, W4 3TU
(need to clear riverside tarmac to enable helicopter to land)
2. Tideway Scullers SC – Dukes Meadows, W4 2SH 2.Univ. Westminster playing fields, Hartington Rd W4 3UJ (consider how to access from river)
3. Kew Gardens Car Park (Ferry Lane, off Kew Green TW9 3AH) 3. Syon Park
TW8 8JF (consider how to access from river)
4. Slipway adjacent to the London Apprentice, 62 Church St, TW7 6BG
(south of West Middx Hosp.)
 

Action In Event Of Incident On Water – Race Control

 

In the event of an incident your first priority is for the safety of competitors and yourself.

Keep all radio contact to a minimum.

Remember that launch-based officials may have difficulty keeping in constant communication with race control (this includes CU at the start in launch 1)

Race control is in charge of dealing with the incident.

 

1.      Ensure that the safety launch is in attendance (as appropriate)

 

2.      If appropriate, contact London Ambulance Service (state number of casualties and nature of problem e.g. “one rower, severe leg injury following collision”). Address is 81 hartington Rd, W4 3TU.

 

  1. If an ambulance has been called to ULBH: place a guide on Hartington Road to signal location of ULBH to the ambulance driver (they will not be familiar with the location) - check clear access route to front and back of ULBH.
  2. Prevent any further rowing crews from boating
  3. Co-ordinate reception of casualties

Count  casualties as they return to ULBH. Maintain a log of multiple casualties returned to ULBH.

ensure river-bank cleared of boats to allow room for returning launches

prepare for casualties (i.e. expect a degree of hypothermia; prepare warm drinks in ULBH lounge.)

 

  1. If a secondary evacuation centre has been designated (by the senior medical officer):
send additional helpers to the secondary centre as soon as possible.

DESIGNATE AN INDIVIDUAL (AS APPROPRIATE) TO ACT AS THE UH/UL OFFICER IN CHARGE OF THE SECONDARY EVACUATION CENTRE. THAT INDIVIDUAL WILL ACT AS CO-ORDINATOR AT THE SECONDARY CENTRE. THIS WILL BE BM1 FOR EVACUATION FROM THE START AREA.

 

 

 

 

 

Action In The Event Of Incident On Water – launch officials

 

Ensure you have all safety equipment as set out in the British Rowing Row Safe before boating and that you know how to use it.

In the event of an incident your first priority is for the safety of competitors and yourself.

1.      IMMEDIATELY CALL SAFETY VIA RADIO - Include your identity, location, nature of incident and number of casualties (eg “SAFETY, SAFETY, this is launch 5, capsized VIII 100yds downstream of Kew Bridge, Nine people in the water”).

2.      If radio contact is not possible, use any available mobile telephone to contact race control.

3.      If necessary, request assistance from Medical Advisor (at start) and ask race control to call London Ambulance Service (state number of casualties and nature of problem e.g. “one rower, severe leg injury following collision”)

4.      At all times keep radio traffic to the minimum required (remember when you are transmitting no-one else can!)

5.      If you are not required to help deal with the emergency remain in your allocated station and monitor other crews.

6.      If it is safe to do so (do not put yourself in danger):Recover persons from water

Remember to keep a good lookout and proceed with caution when close to persons in the water

Cut your engine when recovering persons from water

Take note of the stability of your own craft as others climb aboard (consider towing to nearest river bank)

 Beware of overloading your own craft

7.      Use thermal blankets and spare buoyancy aids

8.      Take casualties to ULBH (unless it is agreed to use the secondary evacuation area – discuss with Race Control /senior medical Advisor)

 
 
 

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