Unlike many Olympic volunteers, Radiographer Sarah Farley has her fingers crossed that she doesn’t come into contact with any of the British athletes - especially during her nine-day stint volunteering within the Polyclinic, a dedicated medical centre for the competing athletes which has been built at the heart of the Olympic Village.
“I really hope that I will not be examining any of the British athletes as that will mean that they are potentially injured and that wouldn’t be a good thing,” laughs Sarah.
Sarah will be joining the Imaging team at the clinic, which has been designed to see and treat up to 200 athletes per day. During her shifts, she is carrying out CT scans and x-ray imaging to determine the type of injury, before the relevant treatment is administered.
“I will be treating the athletes as normal patients, as I would do when working here at King’s. But I will be playing my part in offering the best that I can to make the athletes’ journeys very smooth and pain-free.”
Sarah isn’t the only member of our dedicated staff inspired to get involved in the world’s biggest sporting event - whether that means using their medical skills, or showcasing their dancing talents, or just doing whatever they can.
Some King’s staff members have even endured gruelling auditions, tests and hours of rehearsing and training for a chance for them to do something completely different from their day jobs, as they take part in this once-in-a-lifetime event.
An orthopaedic surgeon, a pharmacist, a clinical scientist and various others from medical backgrounds, as well as a number of non-clinical colleagues, were able to express their creative side when they danced in the opening ceremony.
Even before the opening ceremony, two members our Trauma and Emergency Medicine Department had the privilege of carrying the Olympic torch. Dr Ed Glucksman ran through Harrow, and Briony Sloper ran closer to home - along Coldharbour Lane - when the Olympic torch relay passed near King’s.
Once the games got underway some of our administrators, executive assistants, biomedical scientists, modern matrons, to name but a few, were in the thick of it and are playing important roles. You may see one as an ambassador offering travel advice from key London attractions, another as a guide from transport links to Olympic venues, another supporting VIPs at events, or yet another co-ordinating the many Olympic officials and participants checking in at Heathrow airport.
These are but a few of the many dedicated King’s staff pitching in and doing us proud at London 2012.