Every victim of the London Bridge attack who made it to hospital has survived their injuries, the Standard can reveal today.
The astonishing achievement saw medics being praised for their skill in dealing with so many critically ill patients.
Twenty-one of the 48 who were admitted to five hospitals were initially classed as “critical” and the number of lives saved is being seen as testament to the success of London’s major trauma centre network, which ensures the most seriously ill patients get immediate world-class care.
The fact trauma doctors in the capital see so many “penetrating injuries” due to the knife crime epidemic meant they were able to put previous learning into practice, the Standard was told.
Hospital doctors also praised the “outstanding and brave” emergency response from London Ambulance Service and the improved first-aid skills of police and public at the scene which helped keep victims alive.
King’s College Hospital in Denmark Hill and The Royal London in Whitechapel, which received the bulk of the casualties, said all their patients had survived. NHS England confirmed that apart from French national Xavier Thomas, 45, whose body was found in the Thames, all seven other fatalities were at the scene.
By midday yesterday 29 victims were in hospital, 10 in critical care. St Mary’s in Paddington, St Thomas’ in Lambeth and UCLH in Bloomsbury were others to receive casualties.
Duncan Bew, clinical director of the major trauma centre at King’s, operated throughout Saturday night and into Sunday and said: “It was very challenging but what we have trained for.
“Getting there early to receive them [on admission to the emergency department] was the key, or it would have been different. The vital role of public and professional first responders in the chain of survival at the scene is a very significant factor, and they shoul