Suggested Immediate Care Medical Equipment – RFU

Where a healthcare professional is engaged to provide immediate care it is one of their roles and responsibilities to advise the Club/County/CB on the equipment required, taking into account a number of factors e.g. practitioner’s profession, level of training, resources available, availability at venues, other medical resources available. There are different solutions available:

  • In some cases, the practitioner will have their own or access to the appropriate equipment or some of it.

  • Where an ambulance is provided, many items should be available as part of that provision.

  • Clubs/CBs may choose to provide all the equipment. In this instance, it is essential that it is clear who is responsible for checking and maintaining the equipment, and only equipment that the provider has been trained to use should be made available.


  • Stretcher

  • Limb splints – various types are available but simple padded ‘box’ splints are appropriate.

  • Immediate Care holdall

  • Portable Suction (hand held)

  • Airways – selection of oropharyngeal and nasopharyngeal airways (assorted sizes)

  • Stethoscope

  • Pocket mask with one way valve

  • Penlight torch

  • Cervical Stiff Neck Collar(s) x 2 adjustable

Basic first aid items:

  • Non-sterile medical gloves (consider the type of latex, as allergy can be an issue)

  • Gauze swabs

  • Compression bandages (5cm, 7.5cm, 10cm)

  • Sterile gauze bandages

  • Adhesive skin closures

  • Elastic adhesive bandages (2.5cm, 5cm)

  • Petroleum jelly

  • Irrigation solution (sterile eyewash)

  • Wound dressings (e.g. Melolin)

  • Triangular bandages

  • Ice pack and ice

  • Zinc oxide adhesive tape

  • Scissors (blunt ended)

  • Emergency foil blanket

  • Plastic bag for contaminated dressings/gloves

Consideration may be given to the following items depending on the circumstance and the resources available:

  • Spinal board or Split long board (EXL Scoop) with head Immobiliser and straps

  • Oxygen – to include variable flow rate oxygen and non-re-breathing masks in purpose-made carrier

  • Entonox with patient self-administration system

  • AED in purpose made carrier

  • Suturing equipment. Suitable medical facilities appropriate for suturing are required if this is considered. It is not acceptable for suturing to be carried out in changing rooms or public areas

Suggested Immediate Care Medical Equipment – RFL


The RFL have produced a list of Mandatory Medical Equipment which must be present at all games.


Check List:

Full list of mandatory medical equipment:

  • Spinal Board and/or Scoop Stretcher and Trained Stretcher Bearers.
  • Cervical Stiff Neck Collar(s)
  • Splints
  • Airways, Masks etc
  • Automated External Defibrillator (AED)
  • Portable Suction
  • Oxygen
  • Drug Box – for full contents, visit The RFL link below
  • Foil Blanket and Ambulance Blanket
  • Sharps Bin and Clinical Waste Bag
  • Bleach Solution Disposable Gloves & Other Personal Protective Equipment

Highly recommended but not mandatory equipment – Best Pratice:

  • Entonox
  • Emergency Cricothyrotomy Device and/or needle Cricothyroidotomy equipment
  • Crutches
  • Penlight Torch
  • Scoop Stretcher

RFL Medical Standards 2016 (detailed)