Nearly 300 given medical assistance in queue to see Queen lying in state

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On the day the line was formally opened, ambulance teams treated around 300 members of the public along the route of the queue to see the Queen lying down in the state and surrounding areas.

The London Ambulance Service (LAS) said about 291 people en route to the queue and in London were given medical aid on Wednesday, 17 of whom needed hospital treatment.

On Wednesday, members of the public line took to the streets to see the Queen’s coffin, leaving Buckingham Palace for Westminster Hall, while thousands began the long process of queuing to see the Queen lying in state.

A spokesperson for the LAS said: “Working with our partners, we have cared for 291 patients across the state’s queuing tract and surrounding areas, including Hyde Park, Whitehall and Millbank, as of midnight yesterday.

“Seventeen of these patients were taken to the hospital.”

Thousands of people queue up to see the queen lying down in the state

Thousands of people will wait in line for hours to see the queen lying down in the kingdom in the days to come.

Government guidance advises potential queues that they will “need to stand for several hours, possibly overnight, with little opportunity to sit because the queue will continue to run”.

A separate, shorter, accessible queue is available for people with disabilities or a long-term condition, who have specific needs or who are unable to stand for extended periods.

St John Ambulance said its volunteers and health professionals have cared for more than 400 people around Buckingham Palace and other sites since it began providing 24-hour medical assistance last Friday.

More than half of these – 235 people – were treated in London and Windsor on Wednesday.

A small number of patients had medical emergencies and needed hospital treatment, the charity said, and the most common complaints were blisters, dehydration and feeling faint.

The charity has 30 treatment centers in London, including a state-lying path at Westminster Hall.

Some 600 St. John Ambulance volunteers are on hand along with hundreds of other volunteers, stewards, marshals and police officers.

The charity said it is a “proud and privilege” to provide first aid, and is issuing advice on how queues can make sure they are prepared.

It recommends that people pack extra clothing, such as several thin layers, socks and waterproof, an umbrella that can also be used as a sunshade, casual shoes, and blister ointment.

Queuing people should also make sure they have enough food and water to stay hydrated, eat and drink regularly, and take enough medication if necessary.

Dr Lynn Thomas, Medical Director of St John Ambulance, said: “This is a difficult time for many people, and news can affect people in different ways.

“So look out for a second, and if you’re upset and struggling emotionally, please reach out and talk to someone for help.

“Lastly, but most importantly, please go to St. John’s Ambulance Treatment Center or look for one of our volunteers if you or someone you are with is injured or feeling unwell.”

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