Statement on incident at Westminster

23 March 2017

Updated at 12:30pm

Dr Fenella Wrigley, Medical Director at London Ambulance Service said:

“Today our thoughts are with those affected by the incident and their friends and families.

“This type of incident is something we hope never happens but, as we showed yesterday, we are always prepared to respond.

“We have specialist response teams trained to deal with this type of incident and they were on scene quickly yesterday treating patients.

“We worked closely with our emergency service colleagues at the scene to ensure that we responded to the sickest patients quickest.

“We took 23 patients to hospital, with a variety of injuries. A number of these patients were seriously injured.

“Our paramedics and ambulance crews at the scene did an exceptional job in incredibly difficult circumstances. They stayed calm and provided excellent care to those affected.

“I am incredibly proud and grateful for the work of our staff and our emergency service colleagues.”

22 March 2017

Updated at 10:00pm

London Ambulance Service Deputy Director of Operations, Pauline Cranmer, said:

“Today 68 paramedics and ambulance crews responded to the terrorist attack in Westminster along with staff in our control room.

“On behalf of everyone at London Ambulance Service, I would like to express our deepest condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of the police officer who sadly died today.

“Our thoughts are also with all those affected by today’s incident.

“And I would like to thank all the ambulance staff who responded today alongside our emergency services colleagues.”

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Updated at 7:45pm

London Ambulance Service Deputy Director of Operations Pauline Cranmer said:

“Our thoughts are with the friends and families of those affected by today’s incident.

“We treated 12 patients for serious injuries, who were all taken to hospital. Eight further patients were treated for less serious injuries at the scene. Sadly, three people also died at the scene.

“We were called to the incident at 2.40pm today, with the first ambulance crew arriving within six minutes.

“We sent a number of resources to the scene including ambulance crews, London’s Air Ambulance and specialist teams trained to respond to this type of incident.

“We have been working closely with other members of the emergency services at the scene, with our priority being to ensure patients received the medical help they needed as quickly as possible.

“We declared a major incident and our priority was to assess patients and ensure that they were treated and taken to hospital as soon as possible.

“I would like to thank our staff and the other emergency services who responded today.

“Members of the public who are concerned about friends and relatives should contact the police Casualty Bureau on 0800 056 0944 or 020 7158 0010.”

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Updated at 4:45pm

London Ambulance Service Deputy Director of Operations Pauline Cranmer said:

“We can confirm we have treated at least 10 patients on Westminster Bridge and have put a number of hospitals on alert as we continue to respond to this incident.

“We were called at 2.40pm today, with the first ambulance crew arriving within six minutes.

“We have sent a number of resources to the scene including ambulance crews, London’s Air Ambulance and our Hazardous Area Response Team.

“We are working closely with other members of the emergency services at the scene, with our priority being to ensure patients receive the medical help they need as quickly as possible.

“We have declared a major incident and our priority is to assess patients and ensure that they are treated and taken to hospital as soon as possible.

“As we are very busy dealing with this incident, we would ask the public to only call us in a genuine emergency.”

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Updated at 3:40pm

London Ambulance Service Deputy Director of Operations Pauline Cranmer said:

“We were called at 2.40pm to Westminster Bridge to reports of an incident, with the first crew arriving within six minutes.

“We have sent a number of resources to the scene including ambulance crews, London’s Air Ambulance and our Hazardous Area Response Team.

“We are working closely with other members of the emergency services at the scene, with our priority being to ensure patients receive the medical help they need as quickly as possible.

“We have declared a major incident and our priority is to assess patients and ensure that they are treated and taken to hospital as soon as possible.

“As we are very busy dealing with this incident, we would ask the public to only call us in a genuine emergency.”

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Updated at 3:15pm

London Ambulance Service Deputy Director of Operations Pauline Cranmer said:

“We were called at 2.40pm to Westminster Bridge to reports of an incident.

We have sent a number of resources to the scene including ambulance crews, London’s Air Ambulance and our Hazardous Area Response Team.

We will issue more information when we have it.”

ENDS