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Health communications plan


BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend

Friday 24 to Sunday 26 May 2019


Aim: The aim of this communications plan is to, where possible, set out a way in which the NHS and partner organisations can communicate with patients and staff to help them avoid any disruption to their care and disruption to the NHS generally during the Big Weekend.



This year BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend is coming to Stewart Park in Middlesbrough on the evening of Friday 24 May, all day Saturday 25 May and Sunday 26 May.


The event will run from 7.00pm until 11.00pm on the Friday night and from 12.30pm until 10.30pm on Saturday and Sunday, with gates open from 4.00pm on the Friday and 11.00am on the Saturday and Sunday. It is expected that the site will be clear by midnight on Friday and 11.30pm on Saturday and Sunday.


The dance event on the Friday evening will be ticketed access only, restricted to 6,000 people. It is expected that up to 34,000 people will attend each day on the Saturday and Sunday.


The NHS needs to be prepared for a possible increase in the use of NHS services due to the number of people visiting the area and the nature of the event. There is also a need to ensure that visitors and local people are advised where and how they can access NHS services during this event.


Impact on NHS services


All health services will remain open and fully functioning during the Big Weekend, although they may experience an increase in the number of attendances due to the number of visitors to the area.


If anyone needs hospital treatment they will be taken to the James Cook University Hospital, Marton Road, Middlesbrough, TS4 3BW.


As there will be a number of road closures, community nurses attending appointments at people’s homes are being urged to make alternative arrangements where necessary.


It is recommended that staff, patients and visitors around the area (especially James Cook University Hospital) are advised to allow extra time for their journeys and make alternative arrangements where possible.


Road closures and parking


Details of road closures can be found on the Middlesbrough Council website.


Access to and parking at GP practices, dental practices and pharmacies in the area may be affected. Patients are advised to allow extra time for their journey and to check parking arrangements before they travel. GP and dental practices are encouraged to inform patients who have an appointment of possible restrictions.


Travel information


Full details about the travel information can be found on the BBC 1’s Big Weekend website.


Communications activity


Middlesbrough Council is leading on communications, linking in with other partner organisations and using a multiagency approach.


Plans are in place to ensure visitors to Middlesbrough have good access to information on how to use local NHS services.

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