Kingsbridge Private Hospital on track to support Giro D'Italia

30th, April 2014

Enterprise, Trade and Investment Minister Arlene Foster has welcomed the announcement that Kingsbridge Private Hospital has been appointed the official medical partner for the 2014 Giro d’Italia Big Start.

Enterprise, Trade and Investment Minister Arlene Foster has welcomed the announcement that Kingsbridge Private Hospital has been appointed the official medical partner for the 2014 Giro d’Italia Big Start. 


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Kingsbridge Private Hospital, part of the 3fivetwo Group, are proud to announce their involvement in the 2014 Giro d’Italia Big Start as Official Medical Partner. 

The role builds on a previous track record of providing medical support to large sporting events in Northern Ireland, the most recent being the 2013 World Police and Fire Games. 

A team of doctors from Kingsbridge Private Hospital will accompany the Giro Caravan on all three stages in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland providing medical support for the 22 teams in the race. 


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The Giro d’Italia is a long distance road bicycle stage race for professional cyclists annually held over a three week period in May. Primarily hosted in Italy, the “Grande Partenza” has only been held outside of the country nine times. The Irish Big Start is number ten. The Giro is one of the three Grand Tours, the others being the Tour de France and the Vuelta a España, and is part of the UCI World Tour.

Speaking about the recent announcement, CEO of Kingsbridge Private Hospital, Mark Regan said, “Our involvement in this year’s Giro d’Italia Big Start marks another momentous partnership for Kingsbridge Private Hospital and its medical staff. Our team will be assisting the competitors throughout their journey from Belfast to the Causeway Coast, from there to Armagh and then finally on to Dublin, providing on-road medical assistance and emergency treatment where required.” 


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Mr Regan continued, “Our expertise and previous track record for providing medical expertise at sporting events will reassure competitors of this year’s Giro d’Italia Big Start.  We will have on-road doctors travelling with the competitors throughout Ireland and competitors will have access to our GPs, Private Casualty and Sports Physicians at Kingsbridge Private Hospital.” 

Kingsbridge Private Hospital’s involvement this year Giro forms part of the hospitals on-going commitment to promote sport as part of a healthy and active lifestyle. The National Sports clinic was launched at the hospital earlier this year and features dedicated sports Physicians and access to Consultants with expertise in the treatment of sports related injuries.

For more information about The National Sports Clinic at Kingsbridge Private Hospital please call 028 9066 7878 or email info@thenationalsportsclinic.com


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Kingsbridge Private Hospital CEO Mark Regan with the Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster at Stormont Parliament Buildings


Schedule:

Giro Entourage Arrivals
Thursday 8th May – Sunday 11th May

Giro d'Italia Opening Event - Come Meet the Riders!
Thursday 8 May, grounds of Belfast City Hall
This will be a great opportunity to see the teams up close and enjoy the party atmosphere. This event is free to attend but will be ticketed access. Tickets will be released to the public on a first-come, first-served basis at 9am, Thursday 24 April via the Belfast Welcome Centre. See here for details.

Day 1 Belfast-Belfast: Friday 9 May 
Start – Titanic Quarter
Finish – Belfast City Hall

Day 2 Belfast-Belfast: Saturday 10 May 
This 218km leg of the race starts in Belfast and goes to Antrim, Ballymena, Bushmills, taking in the Causeway Coastal Route from Cushendall to Larne onto Whitehead and Carrickfergus before returning to Belfast.
Start – Titanic Quarter
Finish – Belfast City Hall

Day 3 Armagh-Dublin: Sunday 11 May 
Start – The Mall, Armagh
Finish – Dublin City Centre

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