We usually ask the event organisers to provide us with power and running water but we do have backup facilities if this is not possible or if supplies fail.
We normally ask to be included in any central catering during large events but do ask for patience and forbearance in this regard. It is often not possible to sit down at regular meal times as patients do not run to a time table as a rule - or perhaps on scout camp they do! Mealtimes are often the time when a scout faced with the prospect of cooking/washing up suddenly remembers that twisted ankle, or the tummy ache etc, and a visit to ScoutMed becomes the most urgent thing in the world, so we often have to eat at irregular times.
Over the years the "chill out area" has proved to be very popular with leaders and event staff alike. Most ScoutMed members are or were leaders in various scouting sections and can appreciate the stresses and strains that leaders, and event staff, can be under during a long busy camp. If you need time away from the youngsters, or colleagues for that matter, then you know where to come. We are not counsellors but we do provide the metaphorical brick wall to bang your head against.
We are sometimes asked why we do not provide transport to hospital. The answer is simple: we cannot afford to lose staff off site. A ScoutMed member can see a large number of patients on site in the time it takes to convey one patient to hospital, thus meaning that patients on site wait longer for assessment and treatment, and this could be detrimental to their condition. In addition, in the event of an unexpected large scale medical incident each ScoutMed member will have a role and responsibility to fulfil. This clearly they cannot do if they are off site.
The upside to having trained and skilled advanced first aid and health care providers on site is that we usually only have to send approximately 1% of the patients that we see to hospital. In a busy year ScoutMed will see and treat approximately 1500 patients and to date there have been no adverse clinical incidents. This is a remarkable achievement and testament to the commitment and dedication of our team.