Hospital trust warns visitors of traffic delays

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Health chiefs in Sheffield are warning patients of potential traffic delays and parking pressures when the Olympic torch passes by some of the city’s hospitals.

The Olympic Torch Relay route takes the flame past Sheffield Children’s Hospital, Weston Park Hospital and the Royal Hallamshire Hospital on Monday.

Sheffield Teaching Hospital Trust’s hospitals will be running a normal day of services, but are stressing that out patients and visitors will find it more difficult to get to and from the hospitals as people from around the area come to see the torch.

Professor Hilary Chapman, chief nurse/operating officer, said the trust had been working hard to make sure it was business as usual at its hospitals, including Weston Park and the Royal Hallamshire on the day of the relay, but stressed visitors will have to be aware parking and driving to the hospital could be affected.

She said: “We have had plans in place for many months to make sure our services will not be affected by the Torch relay and are looking forward to seeing it pass so close to our hospitals.

“However, we would like to make sure patients and visitors are aware of the issues that might arise on the day.”