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GPs on alert for a rise in stomach bugs and chest infections during the London 2012 Olympics

Published on 04/07/2012

Over £2.5 million has been granted from the Department of Health to fund additional NHS staff over the busy Olympic period.

London will be visited by over 5 million people for the 2012 Olympics

As the NHS prepares for the influx of 5 million people to the capital during the London 2012 Olympic Games, the Health Protection Agency claims it is ready to deal with the possible outbreak of diseases.

The HPA has said it will install new rapid diagnostic tests in laboratories as part of its ‘Games Ready’ strategy, to reduce to processing time for gastrointestinal illnesses to 24 hours rather than several days.

Whilst the HPA has assured the public that the influx in stomach bugs and chest infections will be no different to that in the usual winter months. Professor Maria Zambon, director of reference microbiology services at HPA said:

"We would expect that the speed of the response will be much quicker than that GP is used to dealing with."

"The public health authority branch can then step in to whether intervention is needed at the source of the disease to prevent onward contamination."

According to Pulse Magazine, the HPA is also working with the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCHP) to raise awareness of unusual diseases, such as malaria, chikungunya and Japanese encephalitis.

In January a series of reports in The Lancet Infectious Disease journal highlighted the risks of mass gatherings, such as London 2012 Olympics.

With over 5 million people expected to visit the capital during the Games, it is inevitable that all parts of the NHS will be under increased pressure. Health insurance will ensure that you receive the best treatment possible during this busy period.

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