NHS Newham says business as usual for Olympics

NHS staff in Newham have said they will be ensuring its “business as usual” during the Olympic when it comes to providing healthcare.

Bosses at Newham University Hospital, part of Barts Health NHS Trust, say they have carefully planned its services throughout the Olympic and Paralympic Games period to deliver its normal health services to the people of Newham.

But they are asking patients to plan ahead and be prepared for their visit. It is expected that travelling to and from Newham University Hospital will take longer during the Games, so those with hospital appointments need to take this into account when planning their journeys.

For more information on journey planning during the Games go to www.getaheadofthegames.com. The Trust is also advising people to carry refreshments in case their journey is delayed.

To try and ensure that patients and visitors can park at the hospital during the Games, the maximum stay time in the hospital car park is being reduced to six hours.

The Trust is also asking patients to choose the right service so that people who are very sick can get the care that they need.

If you are unsure call NHS Direct, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Call NHS Direct on 0845 46 47 Visit NHS Direct online at: www.nhsdirect.nhs.uk.

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