The final preparations of pharmacy services for the London 2012 games

Mark Stuart and David Mottram, July 2012

With the London 2012 games almost upon us, Mark Stuart and David Mottram review the final preparations of pharmacy services for the games.

The opening ceremony for the London 2012 Olympic Games is now less than two weeks away. However, the medical and pharmacy clinical services need to be in operation well in advance of the arrival of the athletes to their villages.

The pharmacy service will extend to the close of the Paralympic Games in mid-September, a period of more than nine weeks. Pharmacy services will operate not only within the athlete villages but across the extensive range of training and competition venues within London and around the UK.

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Delivering pharmacy services for the London 2012 games is no easy task

Leila Taheri, July 2012

Mark Stuart, clinical lead and pharmacy superintendent at London 2012, tells Leila Taheri how his career in sports medicine started — and whether he managed to score tickets!

One would imagine that being in charge of pharmacy for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games must come with some perks. But although Mark Stuart, sports medicine expert and pharmacy superintendent for the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, will not get any free tickets or have the privilege of using the Olympic fast lanes, he will be responsible for delivering pharmacy services for arguably one of the most important events in the world this year.

Mr Stuart’s first Olympic experience was in Sydney, at the city’s games in 2000. “I was working over here in the UK at the time. I applied because of my interest in drugs in sport and also because the Olympics was in my hometown. I saw it as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” Mr Stuart said.

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Pharmacy services at London 2012 — beyond the Olympic Park at Stratford

Frances Akinwunmi, May 2012

In the run up to London 2012, Frances Akinwunmi takes a look at the provision of pharmacy services beyond the Olympic Park.

The focus for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games has tended to centre on the Olympic Park at Stratford. Many of the iconic venues for the games are located within this park and the opening and closing ceremonies for both games will take place in the Olympic Stadium. However, the games will take place at many venues in and around London, and beyond. The aim of this article is to provide an insight on how the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) Pharmacy Planning Committee has developed and will implement pharmacy services for all games venues over the entire period of the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The opening and closing ceremonies for the Olympic Games are on 27 July and 12 August and, for the Paralympic Games, 29 August and 9 September, respectively. The opening and closing of the athlete villages extend well beyond these dates. This means that all services for the athletes and support staff, including medical and pharmacy clinical services, cover a period of over two months.

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The finishing line is almost in sight for pharmacy preparations for London 2012

David Mottram and Mark Stuart, March 2012

With only a few months before the start of the Olympic Games, London 2012 fever is escalating. David Mottram and Mark Stuart provide the latest update on pharmacy preparations.

Preparations for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games are rapidly gaining momentum. The Pharmacy Clinical Services Group (PCSG) is one of the work streams that form part of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) Medical Services. The goal of the PCSG is to provide comprehensive pharmacy services for all who attend the games, whether they come as a competing athlete, official, VIP, Olympic family member, workforce volunteer or spectator.

The Olympic Games begin on 27 July and will last for 17 days. The Paralympic Games open on 29 August and extend over 11 days. With additional build up, transition and post-games periods, during which medical services will be provided, pharmacy clinical services will be delivered for more than two months. The PCSG team is led by Mark Stuart, who is the pharmacy clinical lead for the organising committee.
The work of the PCSG has focused on a number of key areas:

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E-learning modules for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games

David Mottram, November 2011

In this article on pharmacy for London 2012, David Mottram provides a summary of the development of an e-learning education package on sports and fitness.

With the London Olympic Games due to begin on 27 July 2012, the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) Clinical Pharmacy Services Group is pleased to report that the organisation of clinical pharmacy services for the Olympic and Paralympic Games is on track and progressing well.

The three polyclinic pharmacies at the athlete villages in Stratford, Eton Dorney and Weymouth are designed and well under construction. The recruitment process for the volunteers who will be running the pharmacies is near completion. The Olympic Formulary is in the final stages of development and all pharmacy policies and procedures have been written.

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Pharmacy planning gains momentum for the Olympic and Paralympic Games

David Mottram and Mark Stuart, January 2011

In this article, David Mottram and Mark Stuart provide the latest update on pharmacy preparations for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The Olympic and Paralympic Pharmacy Clinical Services Group (PCSG) is one of the five medical services workstreams within the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG).

The goal of the PCSG is to provide comprehensive pharmacy services for all who will be attending the Olympic and Paralympic Games in London in 2012, whether they come as a competing athlete, official, workforce volunteer or spectator.
During the period between July and September 2012, the Olympics will last for 17 days and the Paralympics for 11 days with additional build-up, transition and post-games periods when medical services will be provided.

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Pharmacy planning for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games

Frances Akinwunmi, March 2010

In less than two years, London will host the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. In this article, Frances Akinwunmi provides an update on pharmacy planning for the games and describes the massive recruitment phase that is about to get under way
Since early 2009, under the leadership of Mark Stuart, London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic pharmacy clinical lead, the Olympic and Paralympic Pharmacy Clinical Services Group has been tackling the mammoth task of delivering pharmacy services across three Olympic villages, 35 games venues and five football cities in the run up to, and during, the games.
During games time, comprehensive high quality healthcare services will be available to approximately 250,000 accredited people (including elite athletes) and approximately nine million spectators at all Olympic and Paralympic venues. The pharmacy team will soon expand to nearly 130 people to deliver the pharmacy operations during 2012.

Formulary development
The London 2012 Formulary is in the final stages of development. David Erskine is co-ordinating the development of the Olympic and Paralympic Games Formulary, reviewing and compiling approximately 250 drugs for inclusion.
The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games (LOCOG) pharmacy team is collaborating with the British National Formulary to produce the content of the medicines guide, and the consultation for the drug lists has involved experts on sports medicines, including the specific requirements of Paralympic athletes.
The games take place during Ramadan, therefore, Muslim medical advisers have also been consulted to consider the specific requirements of Muslim participants during this period.

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Volunteering in 2012

The application period to volunteer for London 2012 will be in the second half of 2010. Details of how to apply will be announced on the London 2012 website.

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Pharmacy planning for London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games

David Mottram, Mark Stuart, Pamela Venning
In just under three years time the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic and Paralympic Games will begin. The massive task of planning the pharmacy services is now well underway. This article describes how the Olympic and Paralympic pharmacy planning is progressing.

New Olympic and Paralympic Pharmacy Clinical Services Group
An Olympic and Paralympic Pharmacy Clinical Services Group has been appointed by the London Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) under the leadership of Mark Stuart who was the superintendant pharmacist for the Manchester 2002 Commonwealth Games. This group formally began its planning work in April this year and comprises a team of specialist pharmacists, whose skills cover the many diverse aspects of setting up the unique world class Olympic and Paralympic pharmacy services.

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Beijing 2008 Olympic Games Pharmacy

Mark Stuart, Dezhi Wang, Rong Han, Dora Chan
Published in the Pharmaceutical Journal UK, 2008

The Polyclinic in the Beijing Olympic Village was the impressive focal point of the Olympic medical services. Along with a fully stocked pharmacy, there was a comprehensive collection of specialist departments including: radiology with 2 MRI machines, X-ray, emergency medicine, surgery and internal medicine, sports medicine and ENT. In addition, there was a physiotherapy department with over 100 treatment beds and an optometry department, which dispensed hundreds of pairs of glasses during the Games. For the first time in an Olympic polyclinic, a Chinese acupuncture clinic was available to the athletes.

The Olympic pharmacy had a prominent position near the entrance of this impressive state-of -the-art medical complex, with a design that facilitated an efficient patient journey. A team of nurses in the reception area coordinated the patient registration, notification of test results, and the generation of the prescriptions for the pharmacy.

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