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Norfolk nurse prepares for Olympics

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A Norfolk specialist nurse will be one of 3,000 “first responders” providing care to members of the public attending the Olympics, which officially begin this evening.

Children’s specialist epilepsy nurse Lisa Pedder-Smith is giving up her own time to act as one of the Olympics’ 200,000 volunteers.

Ms Pedder-Smith, 36, works for Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust’s Specialist Children’s Epilepsy Service, where she manages the treatment of around 180 children living in west Norfolk.

She will spend the next two weeks working as a clinical “first responder” at the Earls Court Olympic Volleyball event.

She will be joining around 3,800 other nurses and healthcare professionals from across the UK who have volunteered to provide emergency aid to the crowds and staff at Olympic events and venues.

Ms Pedder-Smith said: “Knowing that the capacity crowd will be up to 23,000 people, with a further 7,500 venue staff for us to look out for, I think I’ll have to deliver my own ‘personal best’ response time. I could be very fit by the end of all of this, and I don’t have a sporting bone in my body.

“We will effectively work as a medical dispatch team – or ‘first responders’ – providing immediate emergency care on the scene, so we could be presented with just about anything.

She added: “We will have medical rooms but a lot of the time we will be out and about in the venue so people can easily flag us down and call for assistance if needs be, and we’re on a radio dispatch system too.”

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