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Prince Philip Transferred To Second Hospital To Treat Infection And Heart Condition

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Prince Philip Transferred To Second Hospital To Treat Infection And Heart Condition

Prince Philip has been transferred to a second hospital to treat an infection and a pre-existing heart condition, according to the BBC.

The 99-year-old has been taken to St Bartholomew's Hospital from the King Edward VII Hospital, where he has been since Tuesday 16 February.

Buckingham Palace said in a statement: "The Duke of Edinburgh was today transferred from King Edward VII's Hospital to St Bartholomew's Hospital where doctors will continue to treat him for an infection, as well as undertake testing and observation for a pre-existing heart condition.

"The Duke remains comfortable and is responding to treatment but is expected to remain in hospital until at least the end of the week."

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Prince Philip has spent 13 nights in hospital. Credit: PA
Prince Philip has spent 13 nights in hospital. Credit: PA

Philip stepped back from royal engagements in 2017 when he officially retired at 96 - joking that he was the 'the world's most experienced plaque-unveiler'.

It is believed that Prince Philip's retirement from active office was not due to ill health, although he has suffered a number of health problems over the course of the last decade.

Philip missed the traditional Christmas church service in 2011 because of a blocked artery that resulted in him having a stent put in, before suffering from two bladder infections in 2012.

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He had exploratory surgery on his abdomen the following year and began using hearing aids the year after that.

Philip was also involved in a car crash in 2019 near the Queen's Sandringham Estate in Norfolk, where his Land Rover Freelander landed on its side after hitting a Kia.

While Philip was shaken but uninjured, two people who were in the other car were taken to hospital, where they were treated for minor injuries and later discharged, while a baby was unharmed.

Philip later gave up his driving license, with a spokesperson from Buckingham Palace saying: "After careful consideration The Duke of Edinburgh has taken the decision to voluntarily surrender his driving licence."

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A statement from Norfolk Police read: "The driver of the Kia, a 28-year-old woman, suffered cuts to her knee while the passenger, a 45-year-old woman, sustained a broken wrist.

"Both casualties were treated at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King's Lynn and were discharged last night [17 January 2019]. Police can also confirm a nine-month-old baby boy was in the Kia at the time of the incident and was uninjured.

"The driver of the Land Rover, a 97-year-old man, was uninjured. Both drivers were breath tested and provided negative readings."

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Topics: UK News

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