Redbridge healthcare staff use pedal power to beat Olympic traffic jams

Healthcare workers are using bicycles to ensure the Olympic traffic congestion does not hamper NHS services.

North East London NHS Foundation Trust (NELFT) has bought a fleet of bikes as part of a new initiative to ensure home visits in Redbridge for its mental health service users and community health service patients take place as arranged throughout the Games.

The trust has secured funding from the Olympic Legacy Health Fund to purchase the bikes and equipment such as cycle helmets, high visibility safety vests and back packs.

Other initiatives introduced have included a lift sharing scheme, remote access technology for staff to work from home and a tele-conference system.

Information has been issued to service users and patients to advise them to make sure they have enough medication and medical supplies to avoid running out.

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