The London Ambulance Service is backing the bid to bring the 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games to London.
In a visible show of support, the Service has begun placing the ‘Back the bid’ logo on some of the most recognisable vehicles in the city—its fleet of 400 ambulances.
As the only pan-London NHS organisation, the Service will have a crucial role to play in planning and delivering the Games if the city’s bid is successful. Last week, Service Chief Executive, Peter Bradley, Deputy Chief Ambulance Officer, Philip Selwood and Emergency Planning Manager, Christine Shea were involved in two of the presentations to members of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Evaluation Commission on medical services and security.
London Ambulance Service Chief Executive, Peter Bradley, said: “Hosting the Games is a once in a lifetime opportunity and we are proud to show our support by placing the ‘Back the bid’ logo on our vehicles. If the Games do come to the city we would open a temporary ambulance station in the Olympic park. The staff based here would be key in providing emergency care for the 17,000 residents in the Olympic village and the hundreds of thousands of spectators that will attend the sporting events.”
The Service has been working closely on its initial plans with the North East London Strategic Health Authority, which is leading the NHS in its support of the Games and has funded the stickers for the ambulances.
Nationally the NHS has illustrated its commitment by agreeing to offer as many NHS staff as are necessary paid leave to serve the Games. This will ensure the Service has the resources to deal with the anticipated increase in demand.
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For further information or for a photograph of an ambulance with the ‘NHS backs the bid’ logo please contact LAS communications officer, Alison Kerry on 020 7921 5113 or e-mail: [email protected]
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The North East London Strategic Health Authority (NELSHA) is leading the NHS in its support of the London 2012 bid. For more information on what the NHS is doing to back the bid please contact Henrietta Joy on 020 7655 6792.