Olympic hospitals report no significant rise in admissions so far
London 2012 designated hospitals have seen less than expected levels of A&E admissions during the first week of the Olympic Games.
Dr John Coakley, Medical Director at Homerton University Hospital, confirmed the hospital has not seen any increase in activity since the Olympic Games began on 27 July 2012.
He said this was in line with expectations from previous experience of major sporting events.
“The admissions from within the Olympic Family have numbered a little over one per day, which has not added a statistically different workload,” said Dr Coakley.
A spokesperson from another Olympic designated hospital, Royal London, said it has not seen the predicted 9% increase in general patient numbers it expected before the Games began, although the number of Olympic Family admission is “around what was expected”.
The spokesperson also went on to say they are “unaware” of any travel problems for both patients and staff and overall the hospital is “coping very well”.
Lastly, the “considerable time” spent preparing for the Games have meant University College London Hospital (UCLH) is “managing” the number of people attending it’s A&E department.
“UCLH has been preparing for the Olympic and Paralympic Games for some considerable time and has put plans in place to ensure the health needs of our local people are not compromised over the coming weeks,” said the spokesperson.
“We are pleased to say that our well-versed plans are helping us manage the numbers of people attending our Emergency Department.
“We are operating an Urgent Treatment Centre as part of the Emergency Department service, to increase capacity.”