Doctor’s volunteer role at Commonwealth Games

Dr Victoria Barber
Dr Victoria Barber

A doctor who works at a surgery in Rushden has given up a week of her annual leave to volunteer at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Dr Victoria Barber, who works at the Parklands Surgery in the town, is in Glasgow for the build-up to the Commonwealth Games, which run from Wednesday, July 23, to Sunday, August 3.

Dr Barber is one of 15,000 volunteers recruited for the Games. She said: “The athletes are training pre games and I’m based in the medical room with a physio at their sports facility.

“We deal with any injury to athletes or any illness in athletes, their staff or their relatives.

“We’re backed up by a polyclinic based at the athletes’ village which has CT and MRI facilities.

“I decided to volunteer to give something back so I’ve used some holiday to come up.

“I had an interview a couple of years ago and found out I’d been chosen.”

Dr Barber added: “I’ve been up for training a few times and I’m staying locally and cycling to the venue.

“Glasgow is looking fantastic; there are flowers and flags everywhere.

“The atmosphere is great and if anyone’s coming up to the Games they will have a lovely time.”

The Commonwealth Games features athletes from 70 nations and territories who take part in 17 sports ranging from wrestling to gymnastics.

For more details go to www.glasgow2014.com.