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.