Sunday, March 3, 2013

Queen Treated In Hospital Over Stomach Bug

The 86-year-old monarch is being treated in hospital in LondonSky video 2:10The Queen has been taken to hospital "as a precaution" after suffering symptoms of gastroenteritis.
Queen Treated In Hospital Over Stomach Bug

The Queen has been taken to hospital "as a precaution" after suffering symptoms of gastroenteritis.

Her Majesty, who is aged 86, is being assessed by doctors at the King Edward VII Hospital in central London.

The monarch is in "good spirits" and is otherwise in "good health", according to her spokesman.

She was driven to the hospital by private car around 3pm and is expected to remain at the medical facility for a couple of days.

The spokesman said: "This is a precautionary measure. She was not taken into hospital immediately after feeling the symptoms.

"This is simply to enable doctors to better assess her."

All official engagements planned for this week will be postponed or cancelled, Buckingham Palace said.

Medical experts said she would probably be treated with a drip. It is important to ensure patients are given combinations of sugar and salt to help fluids be absorbed.

The Queen's sickness was first announced on Friday.

She had been due to attend a military celebration in Swansea on Saturday for St David's Day celebrations, but was forced to cancel because of the illness.

Instead, the monarch spent the day resting at Windsor Castle.

She and the Duke of Edinburgh were set to fly out to Rome for a two-day visit this Wednesday, which will now not go ahead.

The Queen had been due to meet the Italian president Giorgio Napolitano who said he sends his "best wishes for a speedy recovery".

Prime Minister David Cameron also wishes the Queen well and hopes she makes a speedy recovery, according to Downing Street.

A Buckingham Palace spokesman said: "The Queen is being assessed at the King Edward VII's Hospital, London, after experiencing symptoms of gastroenteritis.

"As a precaution, all official engagements for this week will regrettably be either postponed or cancelled."

Gastroenteritis is an infection of the stomach and bowel. The most common symptoms are vomiting and repeated episodes of diarrhoea.

The two most common causes of gastroenteritis in adults in the UK are norovirus and food poisoning.

The Queen undertook a number of engagements during the last week.

On Tuesday she met the Archbishop of Canterbury at Buckingham Palace, on Wednesday she visited the Royal London Hospital, and a day later she presented Olympic stars with honours during an investiture ceremony.

Her Majesty has rarely missed a royal engagement due to ill health in recent years.

She was last forced to pull out of an investiture ceremony in October last year after suffering with a bad back.

She also missed a visit to the British Museum in October 2011 because of a cold.

The Duchess of Cambridge was treated at the King Edward VII hospital for acute morning sickness late last year.

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