Olympic torch comes to UCLH 

25/07/2012 00:00 

UCLH hosted its own Olympic torch relay during a whistle-stop tour around all our hospital sites.

First call is Eastman Dental Hospital 


The gleaming torch attracted crowds of staff, patients and public – all wanting to be photographed with the iconic emblem.
 
First stop was the Eastman Dental Hospital courtyard, where a glimpse of the torch proved a magnet for droves of Olympic lovers. “It looks lovely. We weren’t expecting this today. What a great start to the week,” said head dental nurse Pamela Parker as she held the torch aloft.


 
The torch at the Royal National Throat, Nose and Ear Hospital


It also proved a tonic for 12-year-old patient Karlee Beech, who was a little tearful after having had her brace tightened that morning. Her sniffles stopped as the torch was handed to her.
 
The aluminium torch is perforated by 8,000 circles – representing the inspirational stories of the 8,000 torchbearers who have been transporting the flame the length and breadth of Britain.


 
Then on to the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery


Then a quick sprint to the Royal National Throat Nose and Ear Hospital along Gray’s Inn Road where staff were waiting for its arrival. Time for a few quick photographs and then off to the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery.
 
Among the staff was senior staff nurse Ana Marta-Vidal who had been chosen to hold the torch. Matron Liz Davies said Ana lived the Trust values. “She is kind, caring, always see the bigger picture but always puts the patient first.”


 
Staff with the torch outside the Royal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine


A saunter to the Royal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine – and staff and patients had already assembled, mobile phone cameras ready and waiting. “It makes the Olympics feel real,” said education co-coordinator Janet Joseph. “The Olympics is nearly here!”
 
Then The Heart Hospital in leafy West Moreland Street, followed swiftly by the University College Hospital Macmillan Cancer Centre where chief executive Sir Robert Naylor raised it high in the air to “oohs” and “aahs” from the watching public.

Outside the Heart Hospital


At the Hospital for Tropical Diseases, clinical scientist Colin Sutherland, who has tickets to watch the women’s water polo, rocked up on his cycle – just in the nick of time to join his colleagues.


Visiting the new University College Hospital Macmillan Cancer Centre


The University College Hospital Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Wing posse – including Godelieve Cimpaye healthcare assistant and staff nurse Sarah Ekladios – posed briefly before dashing back to work. Clinical director for women’s health, consultant Pat O’Brien, said he was looking forward to the men’s 200 and 400m final. “I paid through the nose for tickets – but it’s a once in a lifetime experience.” 


 
Then on to University College Hopspital


Outside the emergency department at University College Hospital (UCH) in Euston Road, chairman Richard Murley joined the emergency services team. Richard is a keen supporter of Team GB and has tickets for several events.
 
On the 11th and 12th floors of UCH, young patients and their parents crammed into the play rooms to take photos. “Thank you so much, we really appreciate it,” said Phello Ekango, whose 16-year-old daughter is a patient. “She is a huge Olympic fan.”


 
Hospital of Tropical Diseases gets a visit


Final stop was Trust HQ at 250 Euston Road, home of the switchboard and contact centre team, where the arrival of the torch was greeted by a sea of smiles.
 
It is strange, one member of staff commented, how a gold aluminium object can provoke a feeling of happiness. But it did.

Finishing at University College Hospital Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Wing


 

 

 

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