The statistics are still being tallied, but the company hired to provide health services for Pemberton Music Festival says it went off without any huge problems.
Dr. Sam Gutman is with RockDoc — which provided on-site medical services for the festival.
He says, during the event’s five days, his team saw in excess of a thousand patients at the main medical tent.
But it’s not as bad as it sounds.
“We had very few transports to hospital, and particularly only a single drug-related transport, and that patient is stable in hospital.”
Gutman says one person was taken to hospital after being injured crowd surfing, but most of the medical concerns were related to heat.
He credits good planning and having plenty of water on hand for what he calls a successful event.
The health authority is echoing Rock Doc’s claims of success.
Cindy Sellers with Vancouver Coastal Health says the festival added only about 15 extra patients to the region’s health clinic each day.
“If they didn’t have a contracted medical team there, maybe would have some of them would have gone to medical but we would have been the only medical facility.”
Even though an extra 15 patients accounts for a 50-percent increase in clinic visits, Sellers says it didn’t disrupt services available to the community.