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Festival doctor prescribes safe fun

Ian Lawrence

A Derbyshire doctor who treats music fans at festivals across the country is giving advice to county residents as Reading and Leeds kicks off this weekend.

Dr Ian Lawrence, GP and Governing Body member with NHS Southern Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group, is working at Reading Festival from today (28 Aug) with Festival Medical Services (FMS).

FMS is a not-for-profit organisation staffed by volunteers, which helps raise funds for medical and environmental projects around the world.

Dr Lawrence said: “Festivals are great but it’s worth packing a mini-first aid kit with plasters, painkillers, sunblock and antiseptic wipes so nothing can spoil your fun.

“A small foot blister, if left untreated, can become a bigger, nastier problem if it’s being constantly rubbed against a shoe or flip-flop when miles are being walked between stages.

“That can lead to infection – particularly if it’s muddy – and if infection sets in then me or one of my colleagues has to get involved and although we’re lovely to spend time with I’m sure people would rather be seeing the bands!”

Top tips for festival-goers include:

•             Wearing a wide-brimmed hat and good footwear

•             Take care to maintain hygiene standards by washing your hands/using alcohol gel/baby wipes

•             Using a high factor sunscreen

•             Staying hydrated

•             Packing that first aid kit

Festival doctor prescribes safe fun