A less obvious pressure is the impact of the Olympics on the NHS supply chain that we rely on to ensure everyday medicines reach our local pharmacies. Patients who receive home deliveries will be affected due to traffic hot spots and delays, and demand for particular products may spike due to the influx of 800,000 extra tourists over the summer. Pharmacists have been advised to increase stock levels of summer essentials
such as painkillers, diarrhoea and vomiting treatments, antihistamines, bite-relief remedies, emergency contraception and condoms, foot care (cooling sprays, blister plasters, protective pads, etc.), alcohol-based hand gels and sun protection creams (wishful thinking!).
There will be three dedicated pharmacies in the Athletes Village and two retail pharmacies in the spectator areas of the Stratford Olympic Park. An additional pharmacy will also operate in the Olympic Press and Broadcast Centre, for the 22,000 media that will be covering the games. With so many reporters in town, the media will undoubtedly be saturated with sporting related stories and the health pages will be full of features on aches, sprains and hamstring injuries.
At Aurora, we have a plan in place to ensure minimum disruption to our team and business, with flexible working hours for those living in East London or on busy commuter routes and a streamlined approach to meetings with clients and suppliers, to help them avoid travelling into town unnecessarily.