MEDICAL RISK ASSESSMENT
Linlithgow Rose FC has combined the Medical Risk Assessment and Plan into a single document to address the following areas:
2. Risks/Risk Controls
3. Medical Provisions
The club works with all relevant authorities as part of its ongoing commitment to managing the risk of injury to employees or spectators.
Prestonfield is accessible from both the east and west ends of the stadium on Braehead Road. There are three points of entry for emergency vehicles. The first entrance is accessed from the car park in front of the social club (next to the turnstiles). This east access allows emergency vehicles onto the terracing on the enclosure (north) side of the ground. The west access gate is beside the turnstiles at the west end of the stadium and allows access to the terracing and grass banking. The third entry gate for emergency vehicles is situated behind the social club at the east end of the ground and provides access to the pitch and offers proximity to the main stand on the south side of the stadium. All gates are kept clear on match days or whenever the ground is in use. The committee will normally steward access but on exceptionally busy days where external stewarding is required, the club will delegate stewarding to the head of stewards with the Safety Officer acting as their point of escalation.
The stand is twelve years old and regularly inspected, cleaned and painted. There is a very low risk of structural failure. The enclosure and other infrastructure (turnstiles etc) are monitored and maintained to ensure risk to supporters is minimised.
All spectator areas are monitored and maintained to minimise risk of inury. Whilst no venue is without risk, Prestonfield is widely recognised as an excellent venue in the context of non-league football.
2. RISKS/RISK CONTROLS
Football is a contact sport and the risk of injury to players is high.
Minor injuries are treated on the pitch or at pitchside by appropriately qualified personnel to allow the player to return to the game. Serious injuries may require further intervention by the physiotherapist or doctor.
The club endeavours to have a qualified physiotherapist on hand at all training sessions and matches. Should, on an exceptional basis, this not be possible (e.g. as a result of sudden or unforeseen illness) one of our committee members with a valid sports first aid qualification will be in attendance.
A stretcher is available to allow the removal of players from the pitch to the First Aid room. The club retains a set of crutches to offer a player immediate support should it be necessary.
The risk of spectator illness or injury is deemed low in comparison to the rating applied to players.
In the event of spectator illness or injury, the club takes a similar approach to that of treating a player injury. In the first instance, an injured or ill spectator will be assessed by a committee member with a sports first aid qualification. If required, the club physiotherapist may also intercede together with the club doctor or other medical agencies if present before a decision is made to involve external agencies such as paramedics.
The overall structure of Prestonfield means that the medical risks posed by fire are deemed as low.
Our policy and approach to managing the risks posed by fire are included in our Ground Safety Policy and Safety Management System. Fire alarms are installed in the pavilion underneath the main stand. Routine maintenance is carried out by Assure Alarms, 45 Colvilles Place, East Kilbride, G75 OPZ
If there is a need to evacuate the stadium for any reason, an announcement will be made over the tannoy system. Club officials will be on hand to ensure an orderly evacuation via the large gates for exiting the stadium or onto the pitch if that is deemed safer. Assembly areas are clearly identified within the stadium should spectators need to be guided towards them.
3. MEDICAL PROVISIONS
Criteria to Determine Level of Medical Cover Required
Linlithgow Rose uses the following basic criteria to assess the extent of medical cover required:
Attendance unlikely to exceed 500
Club Safety Officer takes responsibility for management of medical provision
Attendance expected to be between 500 and 1000
Club Safety Officer and Club secretary assess additional risk based on nature of the match including whether additional stewarding may be required. Based on their review, a Duty Doctor and/or Ambulance Service may be requested to attend
Attendance expected to be over 1000
Duty Doctor will be requested together with appropriate support from the Ambulance Service – subject to any risk assessment advice received from the Ambulance Service
Linlithgow Rose has access to the services of a local doctor – Dr Napier and consults Dr Napier on medical matters and best practice. Dr Napier was previously the Scotland rugby team doctor. Where match attendance is likely to be in excess of 1000, Dr Napier or another local doctor will be present at the match.
The club employs a qualified physiotherapist who is expected to attend all matches and training sessions unless constrained by unforeseen circumstances such as injury or illness. Where absence is pre-arranged, a qualified replacement will be sought and secured.
There are three members of the club committee who hold the SFA accredited Sports First Aid qualification. If the physiotherapist is unavailable at short notice, one of these three people will attend matches or training sessions as well as providing additional assurance on the safe management of supporters.
The club has a fully operational tannoy system situated within the pavilion underneath the main stand. A club official will convey key messages related to medical or other safety matters. The club secretary or a fellow committee member will make contact with emergency services where required for the purposes of managing a medical or health and safety incident.
First Aid Facilities
The First Aid room is situated within the changing area of the club pavilion underneath the main stand. The room is accessible directly from the terracing outside the changing area.
The First Aid room contains basic first aid equipment, a defibrillator and an examination couch. It has a sink with a supply of running water.
The defibrillator is housed in the social club on non-match days but is handed to the club physiotherapist on match days.
In addition to toilets in the dressing rooms of the home team, visitors and match officials, there are separate ladies and gents toilet within 5 metres of the First Aid Area towards the rear of the pavilion. These toilets are accessible from the terracing without any need to access changing rooms. There is a gents and ladies toilet block at the east end of the main stand. There is a disabled toilet on the terracing on the north side of the stadium.
Injury Support/Contingency Management
The club ensures that a defibrillator is located in the First Aid room for immediate use in the event of someone having a Cardiac Arrest. The physio and a number of committee members have been trained to use the defibrillator.
The closest hospitals are St John’s Livingston and ForthValley Royal in Larbert. The club secretary or a nominated deputy will work with our first aiders and make arrangements for the attendance of emergency services and/or transportation to hospital if required.
The club has had cause to invoke its Incident Management approach during the 2017/18 season when a spectator suffered a gash to the head after a blackout. Having been made comfortable by a first aider, the club assessed the time it would take for a non-emergency ambulance call-out and opted instead to take the injured party by car straight to Forth Valley Royal where they were subsequently detained overnight as a precautionary measure.