London 2012 – the countdown begins…

The first of Gillian’s blog posts from the Olympic front-line as she volunteers in the health clinic as an optometrist during the 2012 Games.

Would love to post some pictures of my weekend in London but Olympic security is on lock down! Uniform collected. Trainers great, baseball cap not quite so much. Although I’d quite happily wear a bin bag if you put the 2012 logo on it!

My base in the health clinic is in the heart of the athlete’s village. State of the art, 5,000 sq metres armed by experts in every medical field the athletes could need. It will be converted to GP surgeries for local residents after the Games. The terrace outside the optometry department looks towards the main stadium, and I think with the wind in the right direction, I might just be able to hear the roar as another Brit wins gold.

My work starts 5 days before the games begin which will probably be some of the busiest days as 8000 athletes, and their teams are milling round the village. The dental and optical departments were the two busiest at the Beijing Games in 2008 after the physiotherapy centre. I should see some emergency work although the bulk of it is likely to be more routine eye tests as teams from developing nations accessing care they can’t get at home.

Looking forward to getting there now, and keeping you all posted.

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