The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge shared pictures from their visit to the London Ambulance Centre in Croydon on their Twitter account, Kensington Palace. The images were accompanied by a series of comments from Prince William, which read: “Catherine and I were proud to visit staff working at NHS 111, to pass on our personal thanks, along with those of my grandmother and father, to staff working around the clock to provide care and advice to those that need it most. The last few weeks, and more recent days have been understandably concerning with the continuing spread of coronavirus.
“But it’s at times like this when we realise just how much the NHS represents the very best of our country and society.”
Kate and William spoke to staff members of the Centre, as well as Garrett Emmerson, the Chief Executive, about how they are dealing with the increase in demand on the NHS 111 service.
They heard the staff say members of the public can help alleviate pressure on the service by using advice available online at nhs.uk/coronavirus before contacting 111.
People thanked the royal couple for raising awareness of the NHS 111 workers.
One person wrote: “Thank you! 111 has been vital over these past few weeks and been the first port of call for many anxious people. Their work deserves to be recognised.”
Another person said: “Thank you a Cambridge’s!!! Thank you for showing leadership!! Thank you for stepping it up for everyone.”
A third person wrote: “The apple didn’t fall far from the tree. You share your Grandmother’s sense of duty and the country loves you for it.”
Another user said: “Thank you for supporting our wonderful NHS staff.”
But one person suggested Kate and William shouldn’t have made the visit in person.
They wrote: “Please stay in and thank them via Skype.”
Another person simply said: “#StayHome.”
Yesterday the Queen issued a message to the nation on the coronavirus outbreak and said the UK is “entering a period of great concern and uncertainty”.
She praised the work of scientists, medics and emergency staff, but added that everyone has a “vitally important part to play”.
The Monarch, who will turn 94 next month, said she and her family “stand ready to play our part”.
Published at Fri, 20 Mar 2020 18:06:00 +0000