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The UEFA Champions League Finals and Champions Festival are coming to Cardiff June 1 to 4 2017.

The main event takes place at the National Stadium of Wales (as the Principality Stadium will be renamed for the event) and up to 170,000 additional people will be travelling into Cardiff to enjoy one of the biggest sporting occasions of the year.

Ahead of the event we have prepared useful information for:

  • Staff
  • Patients
  • Visitors

For staff

Transport into South Wales will be at its busiest ever during the Champions League Finals.

Welsh Ambulance Service staff who live and/or work in Cardiff and the surrounding areas are advised that there is potential for disruption on the road networks into the city for the whole four days, with heavy congestion expected on the Saturday.

Those who may be affected by the road closures and diversions which are being put in place should plan their journeys to and from work in advance.

Many will be coming from Europe, alongside the UK, and as a result airports, trains and roads will all be at their busiest from as far reaching as London, Birmingham and Gloucester as well nearby Bristol, Newport and the Valleys.

Additional train and coach services are being put in place and there will be other changes to local public transport services.

This map below sets out the planned road closures and when they will be in effect.

As there will be visitors of many different nationalities visiting Cardiff, it will be useful to download the Trust’s Pre-Hospital Communications app to help you communicate with patients who don't speak English as their first language.

It uses a series of images and supporting text and can be found in all major app stores.

To download it on iOS devices search for ‘PreHospApp’, for Android search ‘pre hospital app’ and on Blackberry search for ‘Pre-Hospital Communication App’.

For patients

Non-Emergency Patient Transport Service
Those in Cardiff and the surrounding areas who use the Trust’s Non-Emergency Patient Transport Service to get to and from routine appointments are advised that the service will be operating as normal, but with the potential for disruption due to congestion, road closures and diversions.

We are constantly reviewing our transport arrangements for the Champions League event and working with our external providers to ensure that they are able to support us as normal, as well as providing additional assistance where required.

If patients do experience any delays in their transport they should contact us on 0300 100 0012.

See the map at the top of this page which sets out the planned road closures and when they will be in effect.

Emergency Medical Service
The Welsh Ambulance Service has been working for months to ensure its Emergency Medical Service is prepared for the increase in visitors to Cardiff during the four-day event.

The service is anticipating a higher demand than usual and while additional operational cover will be provided, the public are being asked to help ensure ambulance crews are available for people facing life-threatening emergencies, such as a cardiac arrest.

You can do this by making sure you Choose Well and pick the right healthcare service for your needs.

If you’re feeling unwell and are unsure what to do, NHS Direct Wales is available 24 hours a day online or by calling 0845 46 47 for information on a wide range of conditions, treatments and local health services.

Other services you should consider include your local pharmacist, GP, Out of Hours service, optician and Minor Injuries Unit, where there is no need for an appointment.

The NHS Direct Wales website also has a whole host of online symptom checkers which can offer advice on common health problems such as stomach pains, rashes and eye problems.

Only dial 999 in a life-threatening emergency, if someone is seriously ill or injured or their life is at risk.

For visitors

Cardiff is proud to host the UEFA Champions League Finals and Champions Festival.

The capital city of Wales has played host to a number of major events in recent years and anyone attending can expect a warm Welsh welcome.

Whether you’re a supporter of one of the teams taking part, or hoping to come to the city to soak up the incredible atmosphere, please pay attention to the following health advice.

Travel and Health Insurance
It is strongly recommended that visitors obtain adequate personal insurance (including repatriation if necessary) when travelling to Wales as paying for medical treatment can be very expensive.

Medical and First Aid Advice

Pharmacies provide advice and guidance as well as many common medicines and remedies. You can find your local pharmacy on the NHS Direct Wales website.

Emergency Dental Treatment
If you are visiting Cardiff and require emergency dental treatment, please call 02920 444500.

NHS Direct Wales
NHS Direct Wales is a health advice and information service available 24 hours a day.

If you are feeling ill and are unsure what to do, or for health information on a wide range of conditions, treatments and local health services please visit the website or call 0845 46 47, where you can also access a number of useful symptom checkers for conditions such as stomach pains, rashes and eye problems.

How to get medical help
If you need medical or first aid attention, make your way, if you can, to a St John Cymru Wales volunteer.

You can also approach a steward, security person or police officer, any of whom will be able to summon assistance.

In the event of a life-threatening emergency please dial 999 immediately.

Don’t try to make your own way to hospital – this may result in delays in getting treatment.

There are no midwifery services in the city centre and you should think carefully before attending the event in the late stages of pregnancy.

Infectious diseases
Infectious diseases can spread rapidly. You are advised to stay away from the event if you are suffering from an infection.

Please don’t attend the event if you have suffered from gastroenteritis with diarrhoea or vomiting during the previous 48 hours.

Viral gastroenteritis is very infectious and spreads easily in crowds. Risks can be reduced by careful hand washing after going to the toilet and before handling food.

Measles is one of the most infectious diseases and there are outbreaks in England and Wales. Please don’t come to the event if you have developed a rash with a fever in the four days before arrival.

Be prepared: two doses of the MMR vaccine provide a high level of protection and it is recommended for anyone over the age of 13 months.

Staying safe and well - you can reduce the risk of injury and ill health by following this simple advice

Alcohol - Drink in moderation. Hangover headaches usually respond if you drink plenty of water.

Burns - Camping gas accidents are the most common cause of serious burns. Never change these canisters in or near a tent and make sure the canister is threaded properly before lighting. Beware of wax flares and candles.

Crowds – Crowds can be dangerous places for small children. Crowd surfing may look like fun, but would you like to be dropped and trampled? Don’t put yourself at unnecessary risk.  Take note of emergency exits in the stadium.

Drugs - Stay safe, don’t take drugs.

Medicines and medication - Bring some over-the-counter remedies for headache, tooth ache, minor cuts, burns or bruises and sunburn. Ask your local pharmacist for advice. If you suffer from hay fever, remember to bring enough nasal spray, eye drops or antihistamine tablets to last through the event. Remember to bring any regular medications you might need.

Practice Safe Sex - If you have sex without a condom you risk catching diseases such as gonorrhoea, syphilis or chlamydia or risk pregnancy. Emergency Contraception is available at your local pharmacy. Sexual Health advice is available from NHS Direct.

Stomach bugs - Reduce your risk of picking up or spreading the germs that cause sickness and diarrhoea by washing your hands before you eat and after you go to the loo. Make sure food is cooked properly, especially meat/hamburgers. Wash your hands if you have been handling rubbish.

Sun safety - Enjoy the outdoors when you're in Wales, even on a cloudy day UV rays can cause skin damage.  Use suncream to prevent sunburn, wear a hat and drink plenty of water to prevent dehydration.

Upset or depressed - If you are having emotional problems and want to talk to someone, please contact The Samaritans or the local CALL Helpline 0800 132737

Water - Drink plenty of it! In hot weather or when you are very active you can dehydrate quickly.

Weather - Be prepared for almost any weather. Bring sun protection, warm clothes and wet weather gear just in case.

Useful links

You can find also find links to useful health information, as well as further details about the Champions League event below:

Cardiff and Vale University Health Board

Public Health Wales

NHS Direct Wales


Football Association of Wales

City of Cardiff Council

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