Having already been in hospital for two weeks, The Duke of Edinburgh has today been transferred to St Bartholomew’s for further treatment, plus tests for a heart problem.
Prince Philip, 99, was admitted to King Edward VII Hospital two weeks ago, with Buckingham Palace finally commenting it was an infection that meant the Prince Consort needed further medical attention.
An ambulance was seen leaving the Marylebone facility this morning, with the patient being shielded with umbrellas for privacy.
The Palace later confirmed it was The Duke of Edinburgh, who was ‘comfortable’ and ‘responding to treatment’ but needed further tests and observations for a heart condition.
“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,” the statement said.
St Bartholomew’s is a specialist cardiac and oncologist centre in the City of London.
In December 2011, Philip had a stent fitted in his heart to alleviate a blocked coronary artery, but – as far as the palace has shared – there have been no further heart issues for the Royal.
Two infections over the last decade have put him in hospital, and a hip replacement came in 2018.
Prince Charles made the journey from Highgrove to London last weekend to see the Duke, leading to speculation his health was in poor shape. Photos of the Prince in his car after the visit appeared to show Charles teary-eyed, furthering the national worry.
Last week, The Earl of Wessex said his father was frustrated at being cooped up in hospital, but was feeling ‘much better’ and that the Royal Family had their fingers crossed.