Organisers of the British Transplant Games are closely monitoring all official guidance regarding the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) from the Department of Health and Social Care and Public Health England. The health and safety of our participants is our number one priority and we are keen to ensure that our four-day event does not expose anyone to an additional level of risk. We have published a Q&A document to help keep participants and their supporters informed and will endeavour to update this as official guidance changes.
We are aware that the European Transplant and Dialysis Games 2020 in Dublin have recently been cancelled. However at this point we are uncertain of the implications of the Covid-19 epidemic on risk in 4 months time. We will review the emerging situation regularly and update you via the TSUK Website and Facebook page.
Q&A – 13 March 2020
Are the Westfield Health British Transplant Games still going ahead? At this point in time, the British Transplant Games are currently scheduled to go ahead. We will be reviewing this daily and will make decisions based on the guidance issued by the Department of Health and Social Care and Public Health England.
I’ve changed my mind and I no longer wish to attend, but the event is still going ahead. Can I get a refund? At this point in time, the British Transplant Games is currently scheduled to go ahead so our standard cancellation policy applies.
Should I book now, or wait to see what happens closer to the event? Yes. Please register if you would like to attend in order to secure your place and help us plan effectively for the correct numbers of attendees.
If you are making travel plans or booking accommodation independently, we recommend that you delay booking until nearer the time of the event, or ensure you have the option to cancel your booking without penalty.
We are working with our suppliers to confirm our refund policy in a number of scenarios, we will update as soon as we can.
However, if you are planning to travel to any of the affected areas as set out at www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public, and will be returning within two weeks of the event, we ask that you do not participate or spectate. This is to ensure we maintain a safe environment for our participants and their supporters.
If the Westfield Health British Transplant Games are cancelled, what will happen to my accommodation? We are working with our suppliers to confirm our refund policy in a number of scenarios, we will update as soon as we can.
If you are making travel plans or booking accommodation independently of the British Transplant Games, we recommend that you delay booking until nearer the time of the event, or ensure you have the option to cancel your booking without penalty.
How much notice will you give if the Westfield Health British Transplant Games are cancelled? We will be following the guidance issued by the Department of Health and Social Care and Public Health England, so if Government guidance changes, we will make a decision whether or not to cancel or postpone an event within an appropriate time frame, in order to provide participants and supporters with as much notice as possible. Am I at greater risk of contracting coronavirus? Transplant patients who are immunosuppressed or immunocompromised are generally at higher risk of infection from viruses such as cold or flu. To lower your risk of catching or spreading germs, follow the Government advice and practise good hand hygiene.
If the Westfield Health British Transplant Games goes ahead, what measures will you put in place to protect the health of participants and spectators? We are expecting more than 2,000 transplant recipients plus supporters to attend the four-day event. It’s therefore essential that we have robust health and safety measures in place. Medical support will be available on site and we will be providing public health information at all events. Extra hand sanitation and advice will be put in place and medical professionals will be on site to provide advice throughout the event.
We ask that participants or spectators do not attend if they have travelled to any of the affected areas as set out at www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public and will be returning to the UK within two weeks of the event, even if they are no showing any symptoms.