Queen queue: More than 100 rushed to hospital for treatment amid plummeting temperatures

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St John Ambulance has said a total of 259 people in the queue to see the Queen lying in state needed medical support on Saturday. Meanwhile, London Ambulance Service has said in total, more than 1,000 people have needed medical treatment – with well over 100 being taken to hospital. 

St John and LAS have been providing medical support as vast crowds gather to pay their respects after the death of the monarch, many queuing for more than 12 hours to do so.

Overall, some 403 people in the “ceremonial areas” of London needed medical support on Saturday and 19 of these were taken to hospital, St John said.

The charity has voiced concern about cold temperatures overnight as people queue alongside the River Thames.

Temperatures plunged as low as 4C for those waiting in line overnight on Friday and early on Saturday morning.

St John said in the early hours of Sunday morning – from midnight to 7am some 98 people needed medical support, nine of whom needed to be taken to hospital.

Thousands of volunteers for the charity have offered their support during the national period of mourning.

It is helping to provide medical cover in Windsor and London where thousands have gathered each day since the Queen died.

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In a statement published on the LAS website on Friday, director for Ambulance Operations Darren Farmer said: “It’s important that people joining the queue follow the advice provided on the government website, including bringing with them any regular medication, appropriate clothing, drink plenty of water and eat regularly.

“If it’s cold, it’s important people wear appropriate clothing to keep them warm.

“There will be fixed first aid treatment centres provided by St John Ambulance along the route, supported by cycle and motorcycle responders, medical response teams and ambulances from the London Ambulance Service.

“Our teams are always here to help if you need us, but we would ask that people follow advice, use our service wisely and contact your GP, pharmacy or NHS 111 where possible.

“Londoners can continue to help us by only calling 999 in a serious medical emergency.”

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