Norfolk nurse’s medical role at the Olympic Games

A Norfolk nurse will be putting her medical expertise to use at the Olympic Games next week.

Children's specialist epilepsy nurse Lisa Pedder-Smith, 36, from Downham Market, will tonight (Friday) be at the opening ceremony and will spend the next two weeks working as a medical 'first responder' at the Earls Court Olympic volleyball event.

She is one of 3,800 healthcare professionals providing emergency medical aid to the sporting crowds and staff at Olympic events and venues.

It will be a big change for Lisa who, working for Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust's specialist children's epilepsy service, normally lends her medical expertise to around 180 children living in west Norfolk. But it is a challenge she is really looking forward to.

She said: 'The venue is vast and so impressive and I'm beginning to get a real idea of the scale of the whole thing.

'Knowing that the capacity crowd will be up to 23,000 people, with a further 7,500 venue staff for us to look out for, I think I'll have to deliver my own 'personal best' response time. I could be very fit by the end of all of this, and I don't have a sporting bone in my body.'

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