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Olympics had minimal impact on NHS

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The Olympic games only had a minimal impact on the workloads of London’s nurses, it has been claimed.

Provisional activity data indicates there were 400 attendances and only 50 admissions over the fortnight from members of the “Olympic family”, defined as athletes, officials, journalists, VIPs and sponsors.

In an interview with Nursing Times, NHS London’s 2012 programme director Hilary Ross said the overall level of activity, including spectators, had been within the normal range and might have been less than during the same period last year.

She said trusts in the capital had been told to plan for the “equivalent of a mild winter”, but the initial data suggested there had been no spike in activity.

The London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games ran its own polyclinic in the Olympic Park, which was staffed by NHS volunteer staff who had taken the time off work.

 

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  • St John Ambulance Nurses, Paramedics, and Drs with first aid teams may have prevented many NHS admissions. We too are volunteers who gave time for free.

    We supported the bike rides and many events around the country to take care of the public at Olympic related events.

    Please phone the press office for all the figures treated. You will be amazed. sja.org.uk

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  • so much could have gone wrong at the Olympics. it is amazing how smoothly it all ran and to the greatest credit of everybody involved.

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