Health chiefs reassure pregnant Haworth woman worried about being trapped by Tour de France road closures

EXPECTING: Mum-to-be Leanne Quinn in Haworth

EXPECTING: Mum-to-be Leanne Quinn in Haworth

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A MUM-TO-BE in Haworth is anxious she could be trapped by the Tour de France as it whizzes past her door on Sunday.

But health chiefs have reassured her and the public that they are fully prepared to cope with the expected traffic disruption.

Leanne Quinn and her husband Peter took over the Old Registry guest house on the famous setts in Main Street only last month and she is due to give birth to their second child any day now.

And she is concerned that while the village celebrates the Grand Depart, her own special arrival could prove a little tricky.

"I might have to hobble down the setts to the open road to get out and to hospital!" said Mrs Quinn, 28.

"I'm not terrified, but I am a bit nervous - especially as everybody who sees my big bump says 'what will you do if it comes when Main Street's closed off for hours?'"

An Airedale Hospital Trust spokesman said many open roads would enable them to access emergencies.

"Skipton Road which runs outside the hospital will not be closed during the Tour de France although we do expect it to be busy.

"If pregnant women who would normally come to Airedale Hospital go into labour, we would advise them to ask a friend, family member or partner to double check the most up-to-date information on road closures available on the council website and if they don’t think they will be able to get through to the hospital to call 999."

Stacy Hunter, director of operations for Airedale NHS Foundation Trust, said: “There will be normal hospital visiting hours operating during the Tour de France weekend, however if you are planning a visit we would advise you to allow extra time for your journey.

"Skipton Road will not be closed, although we expect there to be more traffic on the local roads and so you should check your local authority website before your travel as they will have all the up-to-date travel news.

“We are fully prepared for the event and have been working closely with our partners in the local authority and health community to make sure our emergency plans are as robust as possible. It will be business as usual for our staff, although we expect more of them who are on duty that weekend to stay overnight in our on-site accommodation if they have problems getting home.

Further information about how the event will affect the hospital and our patients is available at www.airedale-trust.nhs.uk/tour-de-france/

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8:10am Wed 2 Jul 14

Size3_ says...

Plan ahead and go spend the day at Airdale Hospital? :)
Plan ahead and go spend the day at Airdale Hospital? :) Size3_
  • Score: 22

8:10am Wed 2 Jul 14

Size3_ says...

Airedale*
Airedale* Size3_
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8:45am Wed 2 Jul 14

sorrow&anger says...

"our emergency plans are as robust as possible". But not perfect and not foolproof. Sounds like everybody's trusting to luck as usual. Don't you just love Bradford.
"our emergency plans are as robust as possible". But not perfect and not foolproof. Sounds like everybody's trusting to luck as usual. Don't you just love Bradford. sorrow&anger
  • Score: -14

9:03am Wed 2 Jul 14

angry bradfordian says...

"Leanne Quinn and her husband Peter took over the Old Registry guest house on the famous setts in Main Street only last month and she is due to give birth to their second child any day now"

So she moved on to a street on the route of the most publicised event ever to happen in Yorkshire one month beforehand and then has the temerity to complain to the local paper that it will affect a pregnancy she already knew about!
"Leanne Quinn and her husband Peter took over the Old Registry guest house on the famous setts in Main Street only last month and she is due to give birth to their second child any day now" So she moved on to a street on the route of the most publicised event ever to happen in Yorkshire one month beforehand and then has the temerity to complain to the local paper that it will affect a pregnancy she already knew about! angry bradfordian
  • Score: 52

9:16am Wed 2 Jul 14

Old Peculiar says...

angry bradfordian wrote:
"Leanne Quinn and her husband Peter took over the Old Registry guest house on the famous setts in Main Street only last month and she is due to give birth to their second child any day now" So she moved on to a street on the route of the most publicised event ever to happen in Yorkshire one month beforehand and then has the temerity to complain to the local paper that it will affect a pregnancy she already knew about!
I'm sure if Mrs Quinn had advised the TDF organisers of her predicament when she moved in, they've had rerouted the tour for her convenience........
Why not take drastic action to avoid any issues, like stay elsewhere for the day.
[quote][p][bold]angry bradfordian[/bold] wrote: "Leanne Quinn and her husband Peter took over the Old Registry guest house on the famous setts in Main Street only last month and she is due to give birth to their second child any day now" So she moved on to a street on the route of the most publicised event ever to happen in Yorkshire one month beforehand and then has the temerity to complain to the local paper that it will affect a pregnancy she already knew about![/p][/quote]I'm sure if Mrs Quinn had advised the TDF organisers of her predicament when she moved in, they've had rerouted the tour for her convenience........ Why not take drastic action to avoid any issues, like stay elsewhere for the day. Old Peculiar
  • Score: 40

10:54am Wed 2 Jul 14

sowerbybridge123 says...

I think the event is causing widespread chaos- and telling people to ring 999 if they go into labour and cannot get out puts a tremendous strain on the emergency services- going into labour wouldn't usually warrant ringing 999, and perhaps someone would need the ambulance more- the poor person having a heart attack for example. if only the pregnant woman were able to get herself to hospital. And to the person above- it may come as a surprise but you can not plan a babys due date to the exact date and to suit events happening a year away!!! It is only very recently that the scale of disruption has become apparent to people.
I think the event is causing widespread chaos- and telling people to ring 999 if they go into labour and cannot get out puts a tremendous strain on the emergency services- going into labour wouldn't usually warrant ringing 999, and perhaps someone would need the ambulance more- the poor person having a heart attack for example. if only the pregnant woman were able to get herself to hospital. And to the person above- it may come as a surprise but you can not plan a babys due date to the exact date and to suit events happening a year away!!! It is only very recently that the scale of disruption has become apparent to people. sowerbybridge123
  • Score: -18

11:49am Wed 2 Jul 14

carolyne74 says...

Hmmm, I think I'd have just asked a friend not on the route if I could sit at their house for the day, rather than embarrassing myself in the papers. I guess she'll be doing her best to go into labour during the race now, just to prove a point!
Hmmm, I think I'd have just asked a friend not on the route if I could sit at their house for the day, rather than embarrassing myself in the papers. I guess she'll be doing her best to go into labour during the race now, just to prove a point! carolyne74
  • Score: 27

11:58am Wed 2 Jul 14

BigFigure says...

Nice plug for her business,there.....
Nice plug for her business,there..... BigFigure
  • Score: 42

12:08pm Wed 2 Jul 14

Ralph Pootawn says...

stupid cyclists
stupid cyclists Ralph Pootawn
  • Score: -12

1:59pm Wed 2 Jul 14

Bikerbeardy says...

Ralph Pootawn wrote:
stupid cyclists
so its bringing money into the district, thats a good thing i know, but personally I wont be standing like a muppet at the side of the road waiting for some people on bikes to ride past, in fact its quite funny now seeing all the bellys squeezed into lycra cycling tops and shorts recently as people get the "Tour" buzz! .
[quote][p][bold]Ralph Pootawn[/bold] wrote: stupid cyclists[/p][/quote]so its bringing money into the district, thats a good thing i know, but personally I wont be standing like a muppet at the side of the road waiting for some people on bikes to ride past, in fact its quite funny now seeing all the bellys squeezed into lycra cycling tops and shorts recently as people get the "Tour" buzz! . Bikerbeardy
  • Score: -5

2:00pm Wed 2 Jul 14

Tyke69 says...

I'm sick to the back teeth of hearing about the TdF, it is causing disruption to people who don't even live anywhere near the route. The council have cancelled all their Music Service children's classes on Saturday because of the disruption, even ones who aren't on the route. I have to travel to the Midlands for work on Saturday but I'm having to go down the night before and spend my own money on a hotel. A friend of mine who is self-employed is having to spend 3 days away just so he can do his job while the TdF is on. A relative of mine can't get home from work in Leeds tomorrow because of the opening ceremony, all her staff are asking to leave early so they can get home. This is costing the economy money, not making it.

Why are the roads being closed for hours? This does not happen in France. All so the sponsors can go through the route first and give away cheap tat. If just ONE person cannot get to hospital on time and dies then this whole thing will not have been worth it.
I'm sick to the back teeth of hearing about the TdF, it is causing disruption to people who don't even live anywhere near the route. The council have cancelled all their Music Service children's classes on Saturday because of the disruption, even ones who aren't on the route. I have to travel to the Midlands for work on Saturday but I'm having to go down the night before and spend my own money on a hotel. A friend of mine who is self-employed is having to spend 3 days away just so he can do his job while the TdF is on. A relative of mine can't get home from work in Leeds tomorrow because of the opening ceremony, all her staff are asking to leave early so they can get home. This is costing the economy money, not making it. Why are the roads being closed for hours? This does not happen in France. All so the sponsors can go through the route first and give away cheap tat. If just ONE person cannot get to hospital on time and dies then this whole thing will not have been worth it. Tyke69
  • Score: -18

2:49pm Wed 2 Jul 14

Shipleyvegas says...

The French manage every year. This is non-news...
The French manage every year. This is non-news... Shipleyvegas
  • Score: 18

3:23pm Wed 2 Jul 14

The Local Observer says...

Think I'd use my common sense and goto a friends house.
Think I'd use my common sense and goto a friends house. The Local Observer
  • Score: 17

4:01pm Wed 2 Jul 14

justjustice says...

This event has been poorly managed!

I went to my town hall to ask about the road closures; Will I be able to drive across? Will I be able to walk across?

I was told yes, they tried looking up the information on the tour yorkshire website, but all they could tell me is that I can cross at given times, but then they couldnt find out when those times were. And even if they could, those times were approximate!

How can you plan a journey for Sunday when the information is not available!

it's a complete shambles, the people are having to pay for the inadequacies of the councils yet again!

How are we supposed to get to work on Sunday?
How are to to get to Bradford from Steeton, or vice versa?!

All roads are blocked with no diversions given, because there are no diversions, it's the main bloody road!!! All we know for sure is that the roads are closed from 6:30am to 6pm!!
This event has been poorly managed! I went to my town hall to ask about the road closures; Will I be able to drive across? Will I be able to walk across? I was told yes, they tried looking up the information on the tour yorkshire website, but all they could tell me is that I can cross at given times, but then they couldnt find out when those times were. And even if they could, those times were approximate! How can you plan a journey for Sunday when the information is not available! it's a complete shambles, the people are having to pay for the inadequacies of the councils yet again! How are we supposed to get to work on Sunday? How are to to get to Bradford from Steeton, or vice versa?! All roads are blocked with no diversions given, because there are no diversions, it's the main bloody road!!! All we know for sure is that the roads are closed from 6:30am to 6pm!! justjustice
  • Score: -13

4:12pm Wed 2 Jul 14

Farsley Bantam says...

Tyke69 wrote:
I'm sick to the back teeth of hearing about the TdF, it is causing disruption to people who don't even live anywhere near the route. The council have cancelled all their Music Service children's classes on Saturday because of the disruption, even ones who aren't on the route. I have to travel to the Midlands for work on Saturday but I'm having to go down the night before and spend my own money on a hotel. A friend of mine who is self-employed is having to spend 3 days away just so he can do his job while the TdF is on. A relative of mine can't get home from work in Leeds tomorrow because of the opening ceremony, all her staff are asking to leave early so they can get home. This is costing the economy money, not making it.

Why are the roads being closed for hours? This does not happen in France. All so the sponsors can go through the route first and give away cheap tat. If just ONE person cannot get to hospital on time and dies then this whole thing will not have been worth it.
'I'm sick to the back teeth of hearing about the TdF'

If thats the case then I suggest you stop reading and commenting on articles about it. It will only make you 'sicker'

'The council have cancelled all their Music Service children's classes on Saturday because of the disruption'

Hold the front page! Some kids will have to wait a whole week to go to music class. Someone please think of the children!

'A relative of mine can't get home from work in Leeds tomorrow because of the opening ceremony, all her staff are asking to leave early so they can get home'

Staff having to leave early. Horrific. If only there were another 364 days in the year when the TdF wasn't on where the time could be made up

'This is costing the economy money, not making it'

First class nonsense. There will be huge crowds of people from all over the UK and beyond spending money accross Yorkshire. Predicting a cost to the economy because your mates uncles sisters husbands dad has to finish early is a load of rubbish.
The TdF is going to disrupt one day of your entire life. Get over yourself.
[quote][p][bold]Tyke69[/bold] wrote: I'm sick to the back teeth of hearing about the TdF, it is causing disruption to people who don't even live anywhere near the route. The council have cancelled all their Music Service children's classes on Saturday because of the disruption, even ones who aren't on the route. I have to travel to the Midlands for work on Saturday but I'm having to go down the night before and spend my own money on a hotel. A friend of mine who is self-employed is having to spend 3 days away just so he can do his job while the TdF is on. A relative of mine can't get home from work in Leeds tomorrow because of the opening ceremony, all her staff are asking to leave early so they can get home. This is costing the economy money, not making it. Why are the roads being closed for hours? This does not happen in France. All so the sponsors can go through the route first and give away cheap tat. If just ONE person cannot get to hospital on time and dies then this whole thing will not have been worth it.[/p][/quote]'I'm sick to the back teeth of hearing about the TdF' If thats the case then I suggest you stop reading and commenting on articles about it. It will only make you 'sicker' 'The council have cancelled all their Music Service children's classes on Saturday because of the disruption' Hold the front page! Some kids will have to wait a whole week to go to music class. Someone please think of the children! 'A relative of mine can't get home from work in Leeds tomorrow because of the opening ceremony, all her staff are asking to leave early so they can get home' Staff having to leave early. Horrific. If only there were another 364 days in the year when the TdF wasn't on where the time could be made up 'This is costing the economy money, not making it' First class nonsense. There will be huge crowds of people from all over the UK and beyond spending money accross Yorkshire. Predicting a cost to the economy because your mates uncles sisters husbands dad has to finish early is a load of rubbish. The TdF is going to disrupt one day of your entire life. Get over yourself. Farsley Bantam
  • Score: 26

6:39pm Wed 2 Jul 14

i'dliketosay says...

A 'filler' if i ever saw one. And us all reading and commenting on it ;)
A 'filler' if i ever saw one. And us all reading and commenting on it ;) i'dliketosay
  • Score: 8

9:17pm Wed 2 Jul 14

Its Granola - Granola says...

Cyclists again causing problems on the roads , cyclists seem to think they own the road anyway, unfortunately for 2 days at the weekend it seems they will .
Cyclists again causing problems on the roads , cyclists seem to think they own the road anyway, unfortunately for 2 days at the weekend it seems they will . Its Granola - Granola
  • Score: -3

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