Patients urged to plan ahead for torch

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CHESTERFIELD Royal Hospital will be closed to all but emergency vehicles on Friday afternoon, as the Olympic Torch makes its way through.

The hospital will close all car parks and entrances for an hour and a half from just before noon.

No patients will be able to enter or exit the site - meaning people will have to stay in the hospital after morning appointments or arrive early for afternoon appointments.

Buses will be diverted and some roads closed, and doctors have asked patients who are due to attend in the afternoon to check their usual route to see if it will be affected.

Chief executive Gavin Boyle said: “We have written to more than 700 patients booked in for a clinic appointment on June 29, so they have all the facts to hand and can make a decision about whether to attend or ask us to re-arrange.

“There are some challenges for us but we’ve planned for the day to keep the hospital running smoothly.

“It’s a great honour for the community to be involved, but it also has to be ‘business as usual’ for the Royal.

“We are certainly joining in with the fun and celebrations but at the same time doing everything we can to support our patients and staff on this prestigious day.”

Staff have arranged for patients who are well enough - including some youngsters from its Nightingale Children’s Ward - to have a front-row view as the torch relay passes.

Bus routes in the area will be diverted and in some cases will completely stop running during the torch relay.

Services will to return to normal mid-afternoon.

The relay will visit Glapwell from 11.33am, Bolsover from 11.52am, Calow and Chesterfield from 12.25pm, and move on to the Derbyshire Dales including Matlock from 1.45pm, Chatsworth from 3.37pm and Bakewell from 4.23pm.