‘Britain at its best’ Charles and Camilla hail public response to London Bridge attack
THE Duchess of Cornwall hailed the public’s response to the London Bridge attacks as “Britain at its best” today as she and Prince Charles visited injured patients and medical staff in hospital.
The heir to the throne and his wife heard how passersby sat on the bridge with injured victims, keeping them talking to avoid losing consciousness, while doctors and ambulance workers treated them.
Three terrorists attacked members of the public on London Bridge and in Borough Market on Saturday night, killing seven people and injuring dozens.
Extremists Khuram Butt, Rachid Redouane and Youssef Zaghba ploughed through the crowds on London Bridge on a rented van before going on a stabbing rage across the Borough Market area.
Police shot the three attackers within eight minutes of the first call.
Camilla, 69, said: “Everybody seemed to work together as a team. It’s Britain at its best, isn’t it?
“There doesn’t seem to be any panic. Everybody gets on and does their job.”
She praised medical staff at the Royal London Hospital, where 12 patients were admitted after Saturday night’s rampage by three Islamic fundamentalist terrorists, and suggested patients could not have received better treatment.
She added: “They were in very, very, very good hands – the best possible hands they could be in.”
Charles, 68, told doctors, nurses, and other staff: “I have so much admiration for all you are doing. It’s a fantastic team.”
The couple met some of the six patients who underwent surgery after being brought into the hospital in Whitechapel, east London, and are are now recovering in the Adult Critical Care Unit.
They included Sunday Express business editor Geoff Ho, a martial arts expert who was stabbed in the neck after taking on one of the assailants in an effort to protect a bouncer at the Southwark Tavern in Borough Market.
After their meeting, from which the media were excluded, the Duchess said: “The man from the Express was just so very brave.
“I asked him how he was and he seemed very positive but he couldn’t really speak because of his injuries.”
Emma Senyard, associate director of nursing, said: “He has been very positive since he came in. He was sitting up on Sunday morning, writing.”
The Royals were at the Special Operations Room, which is opened during large scale events to bring together specialist police officers along with the London Ambulance Service and London Fire Brigade.
In a seminar room filled with around 20 staff who had treated patients on Saturday night, Camilla spoke to London Air Ambulance doctor Chris Lambert and paramedic Tracy Porter, who were among the first medical staff on the scene after the three terrorists crashed their white van into a crowd of pedestrians and then set off on a knife rampage in Borough Market at the south end of London Bridge.
Dr Lambert, 46, told the Duchess that the pair, who use a rapid response car after sundown because their helicopter cannot fly in the dark, began treating people at the north end of the bridge.
He said: “At one point there was a rumour that there were terrorists at the north end of the bridge so we had to move to the centre of the bridge.”
Some of the victims has been hit by the van and others stabbed by the terrorists.
He said: “There were lots of people with stab wounds, multiple stab wounds some of them, and people with road traffic injuries.
“I was looking after about 10 people.”
Tracy Porter, 42, the paramedic, told Camilla how passersby were volunteering to help keep patients conscious, prompting the Duchess’s praise.
Upstairs on the fourth floor the Prince and Duchess went to the Adult Critical Care Unit and met a handful of patients recovering from operations in the high dependency part of the unit.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK
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