The Commonwealth Games
Alex Ward spent a month volunteering as a medical assistant at Manchester's Commonwealth Games this year. He tells us what he got up to
In early July, my finals ended with a harrowing objective structured clinical examination. The relief of finishing my exams turned to excitement as I travelled to north west England for my first elective. I was volunteering as an assistant in the medical centre in the athletes' village at the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester.
I arrived at the village seven days before it opened and picked up my distinctive red medical volunteers' uniform and probably the biggest identity card ever produced. The campus was eerily quiet, with just the occasional purple shirted volunteer appearing in an electric golf trolley, obviously not yet confident enough to greet me with the token, “Hiya, our kid.” The medical centre was in a temporary structure erected on a car park. Inside, walled off cubicles were designated for a pharmacy, nine physiotherapy rooms, a podiatry room, a storeroom, doping control, a ward with three beds