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Olympic games health centre handed over to the NHS


The health centre at the heart of the London 2012 athletes’ village is to be named after Sir Ludwig Guttman, the father of the Paralympics.

The polyclinic, which has been used by competitors at the London 2012 Games, will be called the Sir Ludwig Guttmann Health Centre and handed to the NHS.

Sir Ludwig, a Jewish neurologist, revolutionised the care of spinal injury patients at Stoke Mandeville Hospital, Buckinghamshire, and set up a tournament for patients which coincided with the London 1948 Olympics. This was the forerunner of the Paralympic Games.

Sir Ludwig’s daughter Eva Loeffler, who was mayor of the London 2012 athletes village, said: “My father would have been honoured and thrilled to know that the legacy of the London 2012 Games would include a polyclinic that bore his name and served a community that had its roots in the wonderful Olympic and Paralympic Games of 2012.”

It will be available for residents in the newly-named East Village in Stratford, east London, to use for GP and pharmacy services plus a range of healthy activities.

International Paralympic Committee president Sir Philip Craven described it as “a fitting tribute to a great man who started this movement”.

Dennis Hone, chief executive of the Olympic Delivery Authority which was in charge of the Olympic build said the name would “always be there to remind people how Paralympic sport began, and about the extraordinary summer of London 2012”.

The Olympic Park will open in phases from July 2013 after being transformed from a sporting venue into a housing, sporting and leisure district.



Readers' comments (6)

  • tinkerbell

    a fitting tribute to a lovely man, nice to see him honored this way.

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  • A great and well deserved tribute.

    let's hope the NHS will continue to maintain and run it to very high standards.

    It seems more community polyclinics providing a wide variety of services including walk in and emergencies to alleviate A&E and domiciliary social and nursing care would be a good way forward in Britain.

    This could become the flagship to be copied in other areas.

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  • More likely to be sold on as part of a PFI deal.

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  • Brilliant! This forward-looking Dr. did a great work to encourage the disablled to live life to the full. Sad we, as a Nation, have been so slow to follow his lead. This yrs events have sparked an awareness of the possiblities of all with health, physcial or mental conditions and also shown the marvellous achievements of a multi-disciplined approach to care. Well done paras, well done Team GB and well done Government, (for a change)

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  • well said Sally. it seems they have all the potential and the only thing holding them back is our society and our attitudes. These athletes have achieved far more than many more physically and mentally fit and healthy people ever will.

    As you say, this doctor did great work, and well deserves this honour, as have all these athletes and all of those involved in the games and let us hope that all its positive effects, as well as raising public awareness with all of their wonderful and some very generous and lavish entertainment with which they provided us, will have everlasting effects which will help to make their life far easier and allow them to be fully integrated in our society.

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  • this is fantastic alround the is a but!!!!!! this goverment don't give things away like this they take it? watch this space? yes all in all its wonderful but will it last sorry! but this is this country at the moment it is sad but reallity?

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