Hospital da Luz Medical Assistance to Volvo Ocean Race Acknowledged

The medical assistance provided by Hospital da Luz during the Lisbon phase of Volvo Ocean Race, between October 31 and November 5, at Pedrouços dock, in Lisbon, was very much praised by the medical director of the race, Polly Gough.

For this one, who accompanies the Volvo Ocean Race along the eight months of the event – the longest oceanic regatta in the world –, the partnerships established between the organization and local hospitals are of utmost importance, so that crew members and land teams can be examined swiftly and efficiently.

Hospital da Luz ensured official medical services to the Volvo Ocean Race Lisbon stopover, for the third time in a row. 

For Polly Gough, Hospital da Luz is a consistent partner, that understands the needs of a competition of this nature. The clinical assistance, she highlighted, was promptly provided, “which is essential for a quick recovery of the teams in order to be able to participate in the following phases”.

Polly Gough also stated the expectation that this partnership will continue in the next editions including Lisboa, given the trust relationship built, which, according to this one, makes all the difference: “At Hospital da Luz, they understand our requirements and we know the quality of their work”, she stated.

Medical centre in the dock

In the space of Pedrouços dock, where the participant teams were based, Hospital da Luz has installed a medical centre, where about 20 health professionals provided medical assistance to the public in the precinct and to the sailors and technical teams involved in the works of setting and dismantling of the several infrastructures in place (a work that was initiated on October 21 and will end on November 10).

Between 1-5 November, during the races in Tejo estuary, a physician from Hospital da Luz accompanied the races onboard a boat of Instituto de Socorros a Náufragos (ISN), having, in several situations, assisted crew members that needed immediate treatment.

Nuno Ruano, general-surgeon and coordinator of Hospital da Luz medical centre in the event, referred that the capacity of response was tested, in terms of assistance to sailors during the competitions, having performed an evacuation drill of crew members at sea, in articulation with an ISN team and firefighters.

According to this responsible, the capacity of response was very positive.

The 13th edition of Volvo Ocean Race, involving seven teams and a total of more than 60 crew members, started on October 22, in Alicante (Spain) and will end on the 30th June 2018, in Hague (Netherlands) – after passing by Lisbon, Cape Town (South Africa), Melbourne (Australia), Hong Kong and Guangzhou (China), Auckland (New Zealand), Itajaí (Brazil), Newport (United States), Cardiff (Wales) and Gothenburg (Sweden).

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