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Olympic opening ceremony beds donated to Tunisia


More than 300 hospital beds which featured in the Olympics opening ceremony to celebrate the NHS are to be donated to hospitals in Tunisia.

The luminous beds made a special appearance during Danny Boyle’s tribute to the health service, spelling out the words “NHS” and “GOSH” - Great Ormond Street Hospital in LED lights.

A team of 15 volunteers will now spend three days removing LED bedding, batteries and wiring from all 320 showpieces - turning them into functioning hospital beds.

Donated by events company Tait Technologies, the beds will then be shipped in eight 40ft containers before being delivered to the Hospital Habis Burguiba De Medenine and the Hospital de Taouine in Tunisia, where they will play a valuable role in treating patients.

The health service was featured as one of Britain’s proudest achievements during the £27 million spectacular.

Boyle said the NHS was an “amazing thing to celebrate” and dedicated a whole section of his show, featuring more than 600 real-life nurses and other healthcare workers.


Readers' comments (4)

  • Someone's having a laugh here, those beds were about 20 foot long by 10 wide!

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  • OOPS! They'll be the trampolines they were using!

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  • Tunisia is a failed State. Having overturned the Government (admittedly corrupt) the various factions are now fighting over what form of "democratic" government would now meet their need.

    Having poured millions (billions) of £'s into Africa over the years there is no sustainable or measurable improvement in ordinary peoples lives. There is however, a measurable "improvement" in the size of Swiss bank accounts, the number of bullet proof luxury cars and the continent is awash with military weapons.

    The "leaders" of African nations are dependent on AID to improve their already corrupt life styles.

    Africa is a wealthy Continent. African problems should be solved by Africans not by Western handouts which achieve little.

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  • why, when there is already a bed shortage in the UK?

    on a more serious note I question:

    of all the countries 'in need', why has Tunisia been singled out on this occasion?

    Although I am not as knowledgeable as Anonymous | 4-Aug-2012 5:56 am about Tunisia and Africa in general I would tend to agree with the principles expressed in the comment.

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