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London 2012 relived

BMJ 2016; 354 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i4158 (Published 27 July 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;354:i4158
  1. Gareth Iacobucci, news reporter, The BMJ

With the Rio Olympics kicking off on 5 August, NHS staff who volunteered at the London 2012 Olympic games are reminded of their experience of the opening ceremony, with its sequence celebrating the NHS, complete with dancing doctors and nurses.

Joe Cosgrove, a consultant in anaesthesia and intensive care at Freeman Hospital in Newcastle upon Tyne, volunteered as a crowd doctor that night and throughout the games. His role was to respond to any illness or injury within the crowd during the events, supported by a team of nurses and other staff.

“It’s something I’m very proud of,” he tells The BMJ. “Everyone was blown away by the opening ceremony and I think it lifted everybody.

“It reinforced your …

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