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Surprise visit at King’s College Hospital from the Duchess of Cambridge

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, has paid a surprise visit on Monday at King’s College Hospital, meeting with the victims and staff that experienced the London terror attacks.

The Duchess of Cambridge arrived at the south east London hospital at 1.50pm. She purposely left her visit unannounced, so as the staff would not be disrupted in treating the 13 people that were injured in the London terror attacks and are still in hospital for treatment.

“Well done. What you do is remarkable. I suppose at the time you didn’t know how big or what the extent of the incident was. You just got your heads down and got on with it. The response was amazing,” the Duchess praised the medical staff.


She was also interested in how the doctors and nurses cope with such incidents from an emotional perspective. “Do you get emotional support too for what you are having to deal with?” she asked.

“We look after each other, we really do,” was the reply from one of the members of the medical team.

The visit of the Duchess was extremely appreciated by the staff at the hospital. “I think the Duchess was really affected by the dedication of the staff and how resilient they are. They are very proud to work for King’s and the NHS. We prepare for incidents like this 24 hours a day but it’s really nice when someone like the Duchess of Cambridge comes in and sees what we do first hand and says thanks. It gives the patients a lift, it gives the staff a lift that they are being recognised,” Malcolm Tunnicliff, clinical director of the emergency department stated.

The latest terror incident in London involved three terrorists crashing a car into the pedestrians on London Bridge and afterwards using knives in an attack on the bystanders in Borough Market. The attacks left 8 people dead and 48 injured.

Lydia Peirce