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The Independent

Greater than 700 folks handled by paramedics in queue to see Queen’s coffin

Paramedics have handled greater than 700 folks queueing in London to view the Queen’s mendacity in state.

1000’s of individuals are nonetheless standing in line for his or her flip to enter Westminster Hall, and at Saturday lunchtime the ready time was estimated at 16.5 hours.

London Ambulance chiefs stated they cared for 710 sufferers, between when the mendacity in state started and midnight on Friday, alongside the queuing route and surrounding areas, together with Hyde Park, Whitehall and Millbank.

Some 291 sufferers had been handled on Wednesday, of whom 17 had been taken to hospital; 144 on Thursday, of whom 25 had been taken to hospital, and 275 on Friday, of whom 39 had been taken to hospital.

The ambulance service stated most individuals needing care had fainted or collapsed for different causes, leading to head accidents.

The King and the Prince of Wales made a surprise visit on Saturday to greet mourners within the queue.

Medical chiefs warned these queuing outdoor of chilly climate on Saturday evening.

Director for ambulance operations Darren Farmer stated: “It’s vital that folks becoming a member of the queue comply with the recommendation offered on the federal government web site, together with bringing with them any common remedy, acceptable clothes, drink loads of water and eat usually.

“It’s prone to be chilly, so it’s vital folks put on acceptable clothes to maintain them heat.”

Temperatures are forecast to go as little as 9C in a single day in London.

Authorities steerage advises potential queuers they might want to stand for a lot of hours, probably in a single day, with little or no alternative to take a seat down because the queue will likely be constantly shifting.

St John Ambulance, which has additionally been treating folks, stated the most typical complaints had been blisters, dehydration and feeling faint.

The London Ambulance Service is planning to deploy 300 further workers on Monday for the state funeral, and with tens of hundreds of individuals within the capital, demand is predicted to mount.

The general public has been urged to “use the service correctly”, reserving 999 for severe emergencies solely.

Mr Farmer urged anybody needing care to contact GPs, pharmacists or NHS 111 the place potential as an alternative.

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