Disruption fears of MP

David Blunkett
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Sheffield MP David Blunkett is ‘deeply concerned’ about disruption the Tour de France will cause to hospital patients and visitors.

He has spoken to organisers about access and visiting arrangements to Northern General Hospital on July 5 and 6.

Mr Blunkett said buses would run from the city centre to the hospital until 12.50pm, but then there would be no access until 4.30pm. Access for emergency services will, however, be available at all times.

But Mr Blunkett has called for minibuses to be laid on to help residents.

He said: “I remain deeply concerned with the extent of the road closures, the timings and the inconvenience this will cause some people.”

Sheffield Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust said it appreciated accessing the hospital would be ‘very difficult’ by car or bus.

Visiting hours will be extended on the Saturday to 
between 11am and 10pm.

Ellen Ryabov, interim chief operating officer, said visitors on foot were advised to plan routes carefully, but added emergency ambulances would have access as usual. Staff working patterns have been changed so they arrive before roads close.