Prince William heard how staff from St Thomas’s hospital ran to help victims of the Westminster terror attack when he thanked them for their efforts.
Among the medics the Duke of Cambridge met at the hospital were Dr Gareth Lloyd, a junior doctor who helped the wounded on Westminster bridge after seeing the incident as he made his way to work, and Dr Colleen Anderson, a junior docutor who went to help after seeing the atrocity from the hospital.
Other who met the prince on his visit to the hospital yesterday were A&E consultant Dr Holly Gettings, ward sister Margaret Kallon and Charlotte Wilce, a senior physiotherapist who also attended patients on the bridgee after witnessing the attack from the hospital.
Pictured with William, from left, are: Dr Gettings, Ms Kallon, Rob Nichols (acting head of nursing, inpatient services), Carl McIntosh (security operations manager), Ms Wilce, Dr Lloyd, Dr Anderson, Jess Child (resilience manager).
Earlier in the day William visited London Ambulance Service, which sent 68 staff to the incident and took 23 patients to hospital.
Motorcycle paramedic Richard Webb-Stevens, who was the first ambulance responder on scene said: “Initially, I thought I was going to a road traffic collision and my first priority was to assess and triage the patients and report back to our control room.
“I started at one end of the bridge and worked my way across, checking all of the patients, some of whom were very badly injured. The public were amazingly helpful and comforted the injured while help was on the way and doctors and nurses ran out to help from the local hospital.
“I was very focused on treating patients and it wasn’t until much later that I found out it was a terrorist attack. We train our whole lives for incidents like this and you hope it will never happen, but I consider it a privilege to do this job and play a small part in helping patients.”
Emergency medical dispatcher Clare Miles, who took one of the first 999 calls, said: “There was so much noise in the background but the caller said he thought he’d just witnessed an attack and a car had crashed into lots of people. Seconds later I took a call about a woman who was in the Thames.
“I could see that lots of calls were coming into the control room so I knew we were dealing with something serious. I was covered in goose bumps the whole time, but we train for incidents like this and we have to be able to stay calm and level-headed and be there for the person on the phone.”