Commonwealth Games Update

The Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games is scheduled to take place in venues across the West Midlands from Thursday 28 July 2022 until the final day of activity and closing ceremony on the evening of Monday 8 August 2022.
In the run up to and during the Games there’ll be some changes to parking and how the roads operate around competition venues, the road race events and some transport hubs to allow for the smooth operation of the Games.

These changes could have an impact on how you access your GP practice, therefore if you have an appointment at your practice between the 28 July and 8 August, you may need to make alternative travel arrangements to make sure you make it on time, so please check before you travel.

Tips for travelling to your appointment:

  • Check out the road restrictions and closures that may affect you at
  • If you live close to a Games venue or road event, be aware that road closures and diversions will be in place on these days. More information can be found here.
  • If you are visiting your GP practice and find that you are blocked by a road closure, let the marshals know you have an appointment and they will either let you through or advise on an alternative access point for the site.
  • It may be necessary to present proof of your appointment at some road closures or transport hubs, so please have this with you when you travel.
  • If you are travelling by bus you can find changes to the bus network on the Transport for West Midlands website
  • The busiest times will be just before and just after the events take place. Find the full event schedule and session timings here.

Home Visits

If you live on a road that is ‘controlled parking’ during the Games and you are expecting a visit from NHS staff at your home, you may need to provide them with a parking permit in order to park on your street. Your local council should contact you about obtaining a permit, please contact them if you have yet to be contacted.

Community Pharmacies

All community pharmacies will be open throughout the Games as per normal and people will be able to seek assistance and advice for a range of issues, collect prescriptions and purchase over the counter medicines.