Logos of Lubas Medical's Clients

Since Lubas Medical was founded in 2009, we have been fortunate enough to work with a huge variety of high-profile organisations. BBC Wales, Cardiff City FC, and the Millennium Stadium all number among our most illustrious clients; we've provided our services to the very best in Welsh sport and entertainment, and we like to think that we've done our country proud!

 

Welsh Sport

We've made no secret of our involvement in big Welsh sporting events. Of particular note right now is our role in the current RBS 6 Nations tournament (read our account of Wales vs. Italy for an idea of what we do at rugby matches); we also provide paramedic support for international football matches at the stadium, as well as for Cardiff City's home games. As you can imagine, we were pretty excited when Cardiff were promoted to the Premier League!

 

BBC Cymru Wales

BBC Wales have really helped to put Wales on the map! Some of the biggest TV shows of the last few years were filmed in Cardiff and the surrounding area, including Doctor Who and Sherlock, both of which enjoy huge cult followings around the world. Lubas Medical is one of the BBC's approved suppliers of medical cover, which means that our paramedics have worked on the sets for many of these amazing programmes.

 

Stadium Concerts

The work we do for Cardiff's Millennium Stadium doesn't stop with the sport. The stadium has also hosted a number of large musical events, including the well-publicised 'Michael Forever' concert that was organised shortly after Michael Jackson's death. The concert featured big stars like Beyoncé and Christina Aguilera, and our medical experts were there for the whole event, from the set-up to the big concert itself.

Michael Forever concert image from ABC News

It’s been a few days since the RBS 6 nations match between our Welsh boys and Ireland, and while the wounds are not fully healed, we are now at least able to reflect on the unfortunate thrashing.

After our home victory against the Italians last week, our fare nation was a beacon of optimism, positively brimming with talk of a record-breaking, coveted third 6 nations trophy in a row. This was all until the Welsh squad came out to face 15 green jersey-clad men with only one thing on their mind – to crush Welsh hopes of a grandslam!

It is fair to say that the Welsh performance was flat; lapses in discipline, dropped passes, missed tackles, and turnovers all handed the Irish the reins, which they were more than ready to steer to victory.

A near faultless display by Jonathan Sexton, the Ireland fly-half, and some unfortunate Welsh errors saw the first half finish 13 – 0 to Ireland, so a comeback was never going to be easy. After Gethin Jenkins was penalised Sexton then made another conversion to take it to 16 – 0 – things were looking increasingly impossible for the defending 6 nations champions.

Though our main man Leigh Halfpenny was able to get us on the scoreboard, Paddy Jackson’s final conversion was the finishing blow in what turned out to be a bit of a mauling at the Aviva Stadium. The game finished 26 – 3.

There is some hope as it is still possible for Wales to clinch the 6 nations if other results go our way, so there is always a chance, however slim it may be. Regardless of this result, we will be with the Wales team in Cardiff against France next week offering our paramedical and sports trauma services, as well as our full support!

Let’s make the Millennium Stadium a fortress and ensure victory for the squad - Cymru am byth!

Lubas paramedics treat a Welsh rugby player

The RBS Six Nations Championship starts this weekend, and the first fixture of the 2014 tournament will be taking place right here in Cardiff. The Welsh rugby team will face Italy at the Millennium Stadium on Saturday, and once again, the Lubas Medical team will be right there with them!

Now, don’t get us wrong – we’re colossal rugby fans here at Lubas, but as with any full-contact sport, it’s awfully easy for players to get injured out there on the pitch. And that’s where we come in; four of our expert paramedics will be pitch-side at every Welsh home game throughout the competition. If one of the boys in red should happen to sustain a traumatic injury, we’ll be there to make sure it’s not too serious.

So here are the games we’ll be there for:

  • Saturday 1 February
    Wales vs. Italy
    (ko 14:30)

  • Friday 21 February
    Wales vs. France
    (ko 20:00)

  • Saturday 15 March
    Wales vs. Scotland
    (ko 14:45)

Obviously, we’re hoping to witness a trio of emphatic victories for the dragons – fingers crossed, eh?

Lubas Medical's role in rugby matches

The Welsh Rugby Union employs its own medical team to administer general first aid, and while we do assist them in several capacities, we’re mainly there to deal with more serious injuries. If something gets fractured, or if a player gets knocked unconscious, that’s when we rush onto the pitch. We also handle neck injuries, which can of course be life-threatening without quick and proper treatment.

In the event of a casualty, we administer immediate treatment on the pitch as necessary before carrying the player to the Millennium Stadium’s medical room. Here, we carry out a proper assessment of their injury, and if needs be, we’ll send them to A&E in one of the onsite ambulances.

So that’s what we’ll be doing over the coming weeks. We hopefully won’t have to do it too often, but whatever happens, we hope that the Welsh players feel a little safer with the Lubas paramedics waiting in the wings!

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