GP volunteers to care for Olympics officials

A Lincolnshire GP has volunteered to spend a fortnight providing primary care services for athletes and officials taking part in football events as part of the 2012 Olympics.

Dr Jeremy Phipps: Olympics volunteer (photo: UNP)
Dr Jeremy Phipps: Olympics volunteer (photo: UNP)

Dr Jeremy Phipps will be based in a hotel near to the City of Coventry stadium, home of Coventry City football club, where a number of Olympic football events will take place.

He will be working with a team of GPs to provide a 24-hour service. Although the majority of his patients are likely to be Olympics officials, Dr Phipps said he may also be asked to treat athletes.

Dr Phipps has taken annual leave to be a volunteer because he wanted to be part of such an important event.

‘I was very enthusiastic about the whole Olympics. I think it’s fantastic that it’s coming here.’

Dr Phipps said there was a fantastic atmosphere around the Olympics.

‘I had to go along and pick up my uniform. There’s a real buzz there. You get the impression that everyone wants this to work,’ he said.

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