15:00hrs – Response to explosions in London today
London Ambulance Service has been working alongside other emergency services throughout today to respond to the explosions across London.
Four explosions have been reported—between Liverpool Street and Aldgate East Underground stations, between King’s Cross and Russell Square Underground stations, at Edgware Road Underground station, and on a bus at Tavistock Place.
We have been assisting with the rescue effort, and assessing and treating casualties at all scenes to ensure they receive the medical treatment they need.
It has now been confirmed that there is currently a total of 33 fatalities—21 at the King’s Cross incident, seven at the Aldgate East incident and five at Edgware Road. Fatalities at the Tavistock Place incident have been reported but numbers are not yet confirmed.
We have treated 45 patients with serious and critical injuries—for example burns, amputations, chest and blast injuries, fractured limbs—and approximately 300 patients with minor injuries—such as lacerations, smoke inhalation, shock, cuts and bruises.
Patients with life-threatening or serious injuries were stabilised at the scene before being taken to hospital by ambulance staff from London Ambulance Service and other neighbouring ambulance services.
Patients with minor injuries have been treated at the scene and where needed, taken to hospital by non-emergency medical staff, voluntary aid agency ambulances and public buses.
Hospitals who have received casualties include the Royal London Hospital (Whitechapel), University College Hospital, St Mary’s Hospital (Paddington), Royal Free Hospital.
Over a hundred ambulance vehicles and more than 250 ambulance staff have attended the incident scenes and added support has been given by staff in our control room.
Over the course of this incident many hundreds of calls were received by our control room. We are asking members of the public not to dial 999 unless they require treatment for life-threatening illnesses or injuries. For example, those who have difficulty in breathing or persistent chest pains, those who have stopped breathing or have received traumatic injuries.
Can we also ask that people do not go to their A&E departments at hospitals in central London unless absolutely necessary, so they can continue to focus their efforts on treating casualties from this morning’s incidents.
An emergency hotline has been set up for members of the public concerned about friends and family—this number is 0870 1566 344.
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