Paralympic Games 2012
When are the Paralympic Games being held?
The dates of the Paralympic Games are:
- Paralympic Games: 29 August–9 September
How will the Paralympics affect London?
The Paralympics are expected to have an impact on London, with thousands of people travelling here to either participate in, or attend the events including:
- 4,200 Paralympian athletes
- 20,500 accredited media
- 10,000 Games workforce
Large numbers of visitors are expected to be using public transport, and the Paralympics Route Network (PRN) will be in place throughout London.
Certain areas of London have been identified as 'hotspots', which are expected to be particularly busy during the Games.
Paralympic Torch Relay flame lighting
The Paralympic Torch Relay will run from Friday 24 to Wednesday 29 August. National Flames will be lit in each capital city of the UK. These flames will jouney to Stoke Mandeville where they will be united at a special ceremony to create the Paralympic Flame.
The London Flame Lighting will take place on Friday 24 August, in Trafalgar Square.
How will Chelsea and Westminster Hospital be affected?
All of the hospital’s services will continue as normal during the Paralympics period and we are committed to maintaining the highest standards of care for all of our patients.
Travelling to your appointment
Please ensure you plan ahead and allow plenty of extra time to travel to your appointment, as roads and public transport services are expected to be much busier than normal.
There is lots of information available to help you plan your journey and you may wish to consider all your travel options.
If you are unable to attend your appointment for any reason, please call the number provided on your appointment letter or phone the hospital switchboard on 020 8746 8000.
Further information about travel during the Paralympics is available from:
Alternatively, you can download walking maps (PDF format) below which show 5- and 15-minute walking distances from Chelsea and Westminster:
5-minute radius from Chelsea
15-minute radius from Chelsea
What to do if you are unwell during the 2012 Games
Visit the NHS Choices website for help finding the right service if you are unwell or injured during the London 2012 Games. It includes advice to help you stay safe and healthy and what to do if you are visiting from abroad.