The Experience of a District General Hospital with a Large Outdoor Music Festival in England

Kamour, A.; Yardley, R.; Longshaw, M.; Stuart, J.

Acute Medicine 16(2): 65-68

2017


ISSN/ISBN: 1747-4884
PMID: 28787035
Document Number: 17260
To assess the impact of the Parklife annual music festival on the local hospital, North Manchester General. Data was obtained retrospectively by analysis of emergency department records during the weekend of Parklife 2015. 32 patients were identified, 56% reported taking drugs. 34% were admitted for overnight observation. 4 patients presented with methaemoglobinaemia following oral ingestion of amyl nitrate. One patient had a methaemoglobin fraction of 90.6%, which is amongst the most extreme recorded in literature. Music festivals can impose a burden on local health services. Organisers should operate an efficient surveillance system in order to prevent the sale and use of recreational drugs, providing adequate on-site health services and working in collaboration with local emergency services.

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The Experience of a District General Hospital with a Large Outdoor Music Festival in England