LiveLondon 2012 Olympics: Day 5

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A cyclist has been killed after being hit by an "Olympic bus", Scotland Yard said.

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Team GB's men are through to the quarter final of the football after a hard-fought 1-0 victory over Uruguay


Jamieson takes silver




The British football team will try to book a quarter final place when they take on Uruguay at 7.45pm


More medal hopes for Team GB.

Fastest qualifier Michael Jamieson and third fastest Andrew Willis are next up at the Aquatics Centre in the 200m breaststroke final.



Molesey Boat Club star Greg Searle couldn't make his dream come true as the Team GB men's eight claimed bronze at Eton Dorney.

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The busy streets of London have apparently emptied of traffic, with figures suggesting nearly one in five motorists has abandoned the roads.

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London Mayor Boris Johnson has been left hanging after he got stuck in mid-air on a zipwire at an Olympic event.

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Northern Ireland is a central part of the UK's Olympic efforts despite its absence from the Team GB title, Prime Minister David Cameron has said.

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Team GB up to tenth in the medal table after a great day


Wiggins takes to the podium and conducts the audience


Philip Cobbet, 40, stationed at Hampton Court Palace for the day, said: “To win the Tour de France and Olympic gold is amazing. Just as he started the sun came out, so obviously it was meant to be a golden moment. The crowd must have helped him immensely.” 


Reaction to Wiggins victory:

Gareth Jones, 53, at Hampton Court Palace, said: “It’s amazing. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed it, it’s fantastic. That’s what we need for British cycling.”

Paul Hobrough, at Hampton Court Palace, said: “There’s only one name for sports personality of the year, that’s Bradley Wiggins.”


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Wiggins in Teddington


Wiggins races to victory

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Wiggins finally finds his family


Froome takes third


He cannot be beaten by last man




One man to come


Wiggins finishes in the lead


Martin finishes in 51.21


Wiggins has 2km to go


Froome finishes in 51.47. The quickest so far


Wiggins on Kingston bridge


Wiggins 22 seconds up on Martin at the latest split


Martin still setting the pace. Froome fighting for the bronze, it appears


Looks like its between Wiggins, Martin and Froome


Froome in third


Wiggins goes into the lead by 11 seconds at the second split


Wiggins five seconds off the pace set by German World Champion Martin at the first split


Kingston Market Place is full of people eagerly awaiting the arrival of their Olympic athletes. It is not all GB though, there is the world and its wife out and about today.

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He is unbeaten in any time trial this year


Wiggins is off


The company which runs train services which have been criticised by people travelling in the area where Olympic cycling is taking pace has blamed the "bradley Wiggins effect" for overcrowding.

A spokesman for South West Trains (SWT)  said: “We have strengthened our services and we will be providing a shuttle service between Hampton Court and Surbiton when the time trials finish at 4pm.

“The time trials are very, very busy, especially at Hampton Court which is at the heart of the time trials.”

Extra train services have been announced at 4.09pm, 5.07pm and 5.37pm.

“We are putting in as many train services as possible,” the spokesman added: 

Games organisers predicted there would 600,000 people at the trials today, but the SWT spokesman said these figures could not predict the popularity for cycling that has emerged from Bradley Wiggins recent Tour de France win, when the figures were calculated.


A £10 million scientific research centre is to be based on the site of Olympic drug testing laboratories, David Cameron has announced.



An apparent attempt by four women's doubles pairs to throw Olympic badminton matches is "depressing" and "unacceptable", Lord Coe has said.

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Troops drafted in to protect London 2012 venues after the G4S fiasco make up 50% of security personnel stationed at the Olympic Park.


Despite his disappoinment at falling short of a gold medal in the men's eights Olympic final, Mo Sbihi had this message for all the fans who filled Molesey Boat Club and cheered them on.

The bronze medalist said: 'A huge thank you to all those at the club, we really appreciate the support. Hopefully we have inspired the next generation of rowers, not just from Molesey, but from all over the country, to win more medals for Great Britain.'

Greg Searle, also from Molesey Boat Club, said: 'I am very proud of the way we raced although I am disappointed in the resul. But I could not be more proud of the guys who gave their all in a really tough race.'

Great Britain were pipped into third by Germany and Canada in a thrilling final and in front of a sell-out crowd at Eton Dorney. 


There’s a real carnival atmosphere across south-west London and if the crowds were boisterous at the weekend they are having a go at beating that today. The sun has even come out as Kingston, Richmond and Elmbridge prepare to end their direct involvement in the Olympics.
It’s been quite the few days – all we need now is another medal.


WANDSWORTH'S  Emma Pooley was in tears at the end of today's road cycling time trials as she was pushed down into sixth place in the final positions.

Speaking to reporters, Pooley stayed hunched over her bike, head down, a union jack clip holding back her hair and tears in her eyes.

She said: "I shouldn't have got my hopes up."

The rider, 40 seconds behind the medal positions, was asked if she would compete at the next Olympics but said: "I'm not thinking four years ahead at the moment."

Gold was taken by Kristin Armstrong of the US, who came out of retirement after starting a family to defend her Olympic title, dominating the race from start to finish with a final time of 37 minutes 34 seconds.

Pooley said of the American: "I've actually never beaten her in a time trial, so there you go."

Judith Arndt came in second place while Russia's Olga Zabelinskya added a second bronze to her haul for this Olympics, having reached the road race podium at the weekend.

GB's Lizzie Armitstead, who claimed silver at the weekend, finished today's event in tenth position.

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Somebody has just fainted in the crowd at Twickenham, as crowds wait for the first cyclists to arrive. A postman has been greeted by cheers and high-fives as he negotiates the route. 


There's a fun atmosphere and a postman has just cycled past to huge cheers from the crowd.



Anger has been mounting at stations across Richmond and Kingston as the time trials have caused delays across the network.
South West Trains has just issued a warning on Twitter for people to avoid using Hampton Court and Surbiton stations, at the very heart of the time trials, after larger than expected crowds poured into the stations.
On Twitter the press team stated nearly all trains and crews were on duty and that they could not fit any more trains along the tracks.
They also added that services were planned 18 weeks in advance.
Those travelling to the time trials are advised to use Esher station instead.


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German-born Thomas Simons, 38, said he was very happy with his country’s silver medal in the Men's Time Trials. He said: “It was very exciting. This was unmissable. People came out of their houses with their chairs. That’s what makes it so special. They could watch it on TV and go out as the bikes fly past, it’s unique” 


TIM ASHTON AT ETON DORNEY: The crowds are streaming out of Eton Dorney now having stayed to cheer the men's eights as they collected their medals.

Greg Searle and his team mates may be ultimately disappointed with their bronze medals, but the crowd have nothing but applause and congratulations after the thrilling final they have just witnessed.

The gold medal-winning Brits in the women's pairs, Helen Glover and Heather Stanning, are just finishing their press conference and they cannot hide their grins while answering the questions from the world's media.

Did they feel any pressure this morning knowing they had a shot at Team GB's first gold medal of these Games? Like the professionals they are they said no, but who could blame them if they did?


Bradley Wiggins will be the penultimate cyclist to go in a field of 37 competitors. He is expected to start at 3.07pm


They are playing Waterloo Sunset by The Kinks at the Time Trial starting line - appropriate for Mod Bradley Wiggins.



American Kristin Armstrong in tears as she collects her gold medal for the individual women's time trial


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Sue Ryder charity shop in Hersham take advantage of the crowds and use the time trials as an opportunity to raise money.
Assistant manager Amanda Vaughan said: "Hopefully the shop will be nice and busy later on, but the stall is doing well.
"The only time I've ever seen Hersham this buzzing is at the village fair."
But Sue Ryder volunteer Dianne Jackson said she thought the village had missed a real opportunity.
She said: "They should have had a fair on the green, face painting, tombolas. What better chance do you have to showcase Hersham? This is like the X-Factor gone nuts."


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Brothers Tim and Robin Scurlock are in good spirits on the time trial route in Hersham with their Bradley Wiggins tribute.
Donning drawn on sideburns, the pair cycled in from Weybridge to catch the action.
Tim, 48, said: “He’s very understated and a family orientated man.
“Even after the Tour de France he wasn’t overwhelmed by it all.”
Robin, 51, said he was rooting for Wiggins, who is due to set off from Hampton Court at 3.07pm.
He said: “We’d love a gold to match the one we won this morning. I think that was the first of many.”


Cyclist Emma Pooley finishes sixth in the Women's time trials


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Spanish family Carlos Marquez Garcia, Cristina Garcia and their children Rocio, 12, Carmen, 10, and Carlos, eight, look forward to the men's time trial.
Mrs Garcia said: "We have come over from Malaga but couldn't get tickets for anything so are just going to the free stuff like the cycling."


Armitstead will not get another medal, but she is an absolute hero and must have enjoyed the reception she received from the crowds along the time trial route. Huge cheers for her as she concluded her time trial in fourth place, but likely to slip further down. 


Team GB cyclist Emma Pooley finishes with the second fastest time in the time trials


The fastest time trial cyclists is being ushered to sit on a throne, inspired by the glorious Hampton Court Palace, until a faster rider comes in and knocks them off. All very Henry VIII.


BREAKING NEWS: Badminton players accused of not trying to win their matches have been disqualified.

Four pairs of players, including two South Korea and one each from China and Indonesia, are out of the Olympics.


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Two girls from new Malden are really up for today’s time trial.
Nina Tietz and Johanna Chambers, both 18, got here at 10am this morning to get a good spot.
The pair are hoping to cheer on Tour de France champ Bradley Wiggins to Olympic glory.
Nina said: “We don't care if it rains we will be here to cheer Bradley on.
“He is well rested now so think he has every chance of getting gold.”
Johanna said: “He was very disappointed about what happened on Saturday so I think he will be determined to do better here today.”


Pooley's time currently 3rd fastest


London’s own Emma Pooley has just passed through Hersham and looking strong. 


Lizzie Armitstead  passes through Hersham to deafening cheers. It give you goosebumps to see the national pride.

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Oli Hall and Lewis Meredith, both 14, will be greeting cyclists at the Hampton Court finish line. They are predicting medals for Emma Pooley and Lizzie Armitstead. Oli said: “We’ve come for the fun. We came at the weekend as well. We got here early to get a good spot.”

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That flash of white was GB's Lizzie Armitstead. Cheers right down the course as she disappears from view

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SHOPKEEPERS in Leyton say the Olympics has turned the area into a "ghost town" - while a temporary "pop-up" food market has been branded a disaster due to a lack of visitors.

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Unfortunately its consolation beers at Molesey Boat Club for Ben Hunter, Ross Bedding and Dan Maguire, where high hopes for a silver, even a gold, were dashed in a thrilling men’s eight race. 

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The first time trial cyclist has sped through Hersham, but it is Team GB the people want to see.

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Ted Bates, club secretary at Molesey Boat Club, home of Greg Searle, Moe Sbihi and James Foad, reacting to the Men's eights bronze, said: "They put up a fantastic effort. The top three crews were so good - should have come in as a dead heat."


TIM ASHTON AT ETON DORNEY: Molesey Boat Club will be celebrating their prodigal sons as Great Britain brought home a bronze medal from the men’s eights in a pulsating final.
Greg Searle, who came out of retirement for London 2012, Mo Sbihi and James Foad – all from Molesey Boat Club – along with Putney’s Phelan Hill as cox, pipped the US by just .30 seconds to claim the bronze medal.
Just over three seconds split the whole field of six with the favourites Germany taking gold and Canada taking silver.
The Eton Dorney crowd were on their feet from start to finish cheering on Great Britain and the finish could not have been any closer and the US boat was closing the gap on Great Britain right up to the line.
Such a great occasion at Eton Dorney and much welcomed success from Great Britain’s rowers – here’s hoping for more tomorrow. 



Team GB win bronze in Men's Eights


Germany moving away now


Team GB in rowing Men's Eights pushing Germany all the way


While some businesses have shut up shop due to road closures, the Watermans Arms in Hersham is expecting to do a roaring trade today.
After a busy weekend, the punters are out in force at the pub on Hersham green, which is right on the time trial route.
Manager Katie Blenkinsop said: "We are hoping we'll really benefit from this.
"We are well prepared with Pimm's stalls and a babrbecue and local singer Chris Dowling is due to sing at 1pm.
"We are hoping trade will be good all day, and we can have a nice street party while the road is shut."

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A real international theme on the time trial route, with (L to R) Sandy Hess, Diane Porter and Carol Porter cheering on the Canadians.
The routes around the area are quiet at the moment, but what money on places filling up as lunch breaks beckon and the hopes of more Olympic medals start growing.

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The Foresters pub in Hampton Wick is expecting a busy day with the time trials. Assistant manager Queenie Robson said: “We’ve bought 500 buns for burgers. We are expecting a good day and we’ve got a live DJ. There’s going to be hundreds, even thousands of people.”
Do not let the cyclists down. Almost time to get out there people.


Wiggo fever ahead of today's time trials

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Great sideburns from Charlie Kermack, seven, in Twickenham, who has created facial hair for Bradley Wiggins. Mother Sarah said: “He is prepared in homage We came for the women’s road race at the weekend and we wanted to get a good spot today.” 

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Ukraine take gold in the Women's Quadruple Sculls. Team GB come in last. Such contrasting emotions in such a small space of time



Harry Harrison, from Molesey, on Team GB's first gold: "It's wonderful and great to see it at the boat club with a fantastic atmosphere."


WEIGHTLIFTING wonder Jack Oliver smashed his own personal best and equaled the British record at his first Olympics.

The 21-year-old, who was born in Sidcup and raised in Bexleyheath, competed against four other men in the B group for the men's 77kg category.

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WANDSWORTH’S Emma Pooley is competing in the women’s cycling time trials today, hoping to go one better than the silver medal she won at the Beijing Olympics.

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TIM ASHTON AT ETON DORNEY: Electric atmosphere at Lake Dorney as Helen Glover and Heather Stanning bring home Team GB's first gold medal of the 2012 London Olympics.

The crowd roared its approval and there were tears from those around me as the duo lead the women's pair field from the front, opened up a clear-water lead and then hung on to beat Australia into silver and New Zealand into third.

Wonderful moment for Team GB and the girls have not stopped smiling since they crossed the line, waving to the partisan crowd and savouring the moment that will change their lives forever.

Team GB have a gold on the medal table, will the men's 8 bring home another - they go at 12.30.


Helen Glover only started rowing four years ago. Great achievement


Heather Stanning: "shattered and ecstatic"


Great scenes at Eton Dorney and the country breathes a huge sigh of relief


Glover and Stanning win Team GB's FIRST GOLD MEDAL!


Glover and Stanning with a huge lead and moving away. Crowd on their feet


They would also become the first British women to win rowing gold


Rowers Helen Glover and Heather Stanning, who are attempting to win Team GB's first gold medal, are out in front. 1200 metres to go


Matt Bass on discovering Handball at 2012:

The beauty of the Olympic Games is in the eye of the beholder. For those of us that love it, it ticks so many boxes. For me, it is the chance to see a sport which I am less familiar with, and suddenly feel like a fanatic.
Approaching the Games, I knew very little of the sport of handball but after a few sessions in the Copper Box, I am hooked.
The concept is simple; try to score more goals than the opposition. As odd as it may sound, it could be considered broadly similar to football, aside from the obvious fact that you are not allowed to use your feet and, as the name suggest, handling is rather a key aspect of the game. There is also the matter that fouling appears to be encouraged to an extent as it disrupts the rhythm of the attacking side.
Great Britain have entered both a men’s and women’s team into the competition and, as I write this, both are still searching for their first win in the tournament. However, this is the first time we have ever entered teams into the competition. You might not have heard much about the sport on these shores, but it is incredibly popular on the continent, particularly in Eastern Europe and Scandinavia. According to television figures, it is the second most popular ball sport in Europe, behind only football.
The sport has its High Performance Centre in Crystal Palace, ensuring there is plenty of London interest in the competition. Many of the women’s team are connected to the facility while in the male ranks, Sebastien Edgar is based in Watford when not with his club side Nimes in France.
It seems I am not the only one to have taken to handball however. If you are fortunate enough to get the chance to visit the Copper Box, you will be blown away by the atmosphere, especially if you are fortunate enough to watch one of the British sides. If you’ve already been, I am sure you will agree with me.
If you have tickets for later in the competition, I have no doubt you will enjoy the experience and come away a lot more aware of the great spectacle that is handball. If you are considering a trip to the Olympic Park and are able to get your hands on tickets, I would have no hesitation in pointing you in this direction.


First semi-final of the Men's Single Sculls under way


Nash and Satch into the Olympic final of the Men's Pairs


Team GB's George Nash and William Satch hit the front in the second semi-final of the Men's Pairs. Crowd going wild at Eton Dorney


Sandra Dawson and Jane Witham from Hampton are at Hampton Court bright and early to secure a good spot.
Mrs Witham said : “It’s Sandra’s birthday today so we are here to celebrate that as well as cheer on Team GB.
“We were at the road race on Saturday and Sunday as well. We are getting down to everything we can.”

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New Zealand rowers Eric Murray and Hamish Bond dominate the first Men's Pairs semi-final. Red hot favourites for the final 



TIM ASHTON AT ETON DORNEY: Putney’s Matt Wells has written himself into Olympic rowing history as part of the first Great Britain men’s quadruple sculls to reach the final.
Wells and his three team mates finished third in a slow semi-final, just two seconds behind the winners Croatia, and less than second behind behind Australia, to reach Friday's showdown.
The winning time of 6.03 was down on the heat times which peaked at 5.39.
Great Britain will face Germany, Estonia and Poland in the race for Olympic gold.


Team GB's Richard Hounslow will be hoping for a medal today as he competes in the slalom finals of the single kayak.

The 30-year-old from Loughton, Essex, finished 11th in his heats and will first have to negotiate the semi-finals. Click here for more


Click here for Anthony Matthews on football star Kelly Smith and her role in Team GB's victory over Brazil yesterday:




High hopes for Wandsworth Olympians as Day Five brings medal chances - click here to find out which local Olympians are going for gold.



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Beautiful floral displays at Stratford Park


Carshalton’s Matt Holland dives into a Serbian onslaught - click here to read the full story.



TIM ASHTON AT ETON DORNEY: Fans finally arrive in Windsor after delays on the trains. Now it's time for a bus to lake dorney. Quite picturesque with Windsor castle in the background. Good chatter among the rowing fans now despite the long journey.

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WANDSWORTH’S Emma Pooley is competing in the women’s cycling time trials today, hoping to go one better than the silver medal she won at the Beijing Olympics.

Although the course doesn’t suit the 29-year-old’s strengths, she said: “I’ll do my best and I’m quite happy with how I have been training. If I have given it everything I can’t really complain about my performance.”

The women’s event covers 29 kilometres, and many spectators will also be keeping a firm eye on Lizzie Armitstead, who won silver in the Olympic road race on Sunday.

But a time trial victory for Armitstead may be a medal too far for the Yorkshirewoman, who said: “I’m looking forward to riding an event without any pressure.

“Time trials aren’t really my forte but it is something I will probably look to work on in the future. It will be good to make Emma feel like she can win the gold.”

Competition in the race, which starts at 12.30pm, could come from several sources.

Judith Arndt is the undoubted favourite as the World Champion, while New Zealand’s Linda Villumsen took bronze in the worlds in 2010 and silver in 2011.



HOPES are high for a gold today as Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins competes in the men’s Olympic time trial today at Hampton Court Palace.

Also expected to challenge for the men’s podium is Chris Froome, Wiggins’ team-mate in both Team GB and Sky Pro Cycling teams.

Reigning Olympic champion Fabian Cancellara is considered the favourite by many, but he crashed out in Saturday’s road race, leading to question marks over what he can do today.

Wiggins said: “I have 100 per cent faith in the training Tim [Kerrison] has set me and it is more mental than physical. I think that I have done enough now to realise that there is no reason it is suddenly all going to collapse.

“My performances all year have been consistent so I have no reason to think that is going to change, so that comes with age and experience.”
Froome said: “All I can do really is go in there and give it my best shot. I think Brad is in the perfect stead for that and the course suits him really well.”


Greenwich's Hope Powell urges calm after Team GB's victory over Brazil in the women's football

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Reporter Mark Chandler will be at the cycling time trials later today.

MC: Today's Olympic road cycling time trials are going to cause disruption to the road network, some of which has been closed since 5am in preparation.

Routes around Hampton Court along withsections of Richmond, Kingston-upon-Thames and the Elmbridge area of Surrey are affected, with some closures set to last until several hours after the event finish time of 4.30pm.

The women's race is due to start at 12.30pm and finish by 2.15pm, with the men in action from 2.45pm.

For the latest road closure information click here


Commuters are being advised to avoid London Bridge station during evening rush hour following overcrowding yesterday



Today's weather forecast



Welcome to our coverage on the fifth day of the London 2012 Olympics.
There are strong gold medal hopes  for Team GB in today's rowing finals at Eton Dorney, with Heather Stanning and Helen Glover competing in the women's pairs after setting an Olympic record in their heat.
Tour de France Champion Bradley Wiggins also goes in the Individual Time Trial this afternoon, while Team GB's footballers face Uruguay for a place in the quarter finals.
Swimmer Michael Jamieson is also in with a chance of a top podium finish after setting a new British record to reach the men's 200m breaststroke final where he will be joined by teammate Andrew Willis.
In other news:
Eight badminton players have been accused of not trying to win a match and could be disciplined
American swimmer Michael Phelps becomes the most successful Olympian of all time with two medals yeasterday taking his tally to 19.
Small firms expect their business to be boosted by the Olympics, but some are worried that the events could be followed by a "worrying dip" in revenues, according to new research

Richmond and Twickenham Times: The fastest man on earth, Usain Bolt, on his way to training (picture Figen Gunes)

The fastest man on earth, Usain Bolt, making his way to training (picture Figen Gunes)

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For the attention of ST HELIER HOSPITAL watchers: As I left the hospital today at 1630hrs signs at the main entrance showed Urgent Care in dark blue and Emergency Care in red. No mention of A&E. I checked for the large sign over the entrance to the A&E Department and it had been removed.
For the attention of ST HELIER HOSPITAL watchers: As I left the hospital today at 1630hrs signs at the main entrance showed Urgent Care in dark blue and Emergency Care in red. No mention of A&E. I checked for the large sign over the entrance to the A&E Department and it had been removed. Michael Pantlin
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