Prince Philip health update: Latest as Duke spends 16th day in hospital for heart tests

Prince Philip: Expert on possible 'bright light' for the Duke

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Prince Philip was first admitted to King Edward VII’s hospital on February 16 as a “precautionary measure” after feeling unwell more than two weeks ago. The 99-year-old has now been transferred to St Bartholomew’s Hospital for continued treatment, where doctors will carry out testing and observation for a pre-existing heart condition.

Buckingham Palace said the Duke is responding to treatment and “remains comfortable”.

However, he is expected to remain in hospital until at least the end of the week.

BBC Royal correspondent Jonny Dymond said: “Aside from the fact that the Duke is 99 years old there are two, further, causes for concern.

“The first is that he is still not home; this is his longest recorded stay in hospital. A reasonable expectation was that he would be heading back to Windsor by now.

“Instead he has gone into St Bartholomew’s Hospital for further treatment. The infection that sent him to King Edward VII’s hospital is still being treated.”

He added: “The second is the worry over his heart. The duke had a stent fitted following a blocked coronary artery in 2011. As far as we understand it has not played up since then.

“Now there are concerns – so there will be tests and observation in a hospital renowned for cardiovascular treatment.”

At the time he was first admitted, Buckingham Palace said the Duke of Edinburgh was “expected to remain in hospital for a few days of observation and rest”.

A royal insider revealed he did not have a coronavirus-related illness and had travelled to the hospital by car.

The source added the admission had not been an emergency and he had walked into the hospital unaided.

But 16 days later and the Duke remains under the care of doctors.

Prince Charles visited the Duke in hospital on Saturday, February 20.

Charles arrived in a grey Tesla and exited the vehicle wearing a face mask.

He is the first member of the Royal Family to visit Prince Philip’s during his stay in hospital.

The pair spent around 30 minutes together before the Prince of Wales departed.

Prince William later gave an update on his grandfather’s condition on February 22, saying the Duke of Edinburgh is “ok”.

He added the doctors are “keeping an eye on him” in hospital.

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The Duke of Edinburgh was moved 3.5 miles to St Bartholomew’s Hospital on Monday, March 1.

A Buckingham Palace statement said: “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.”

Umbrellas were held up to shield Philip as he was transferred to the waiting ambulance.

The Royal Family are reportedly “united in prayers” for Prince Philip after he moved to St Bartholomew’s Hospital for treatment.

A source told the Mirror: “The staff and all the Royal Family are united in their prayers for the Duke.

“There has been an almighty and collective effort to keep him and the Queen safe during the coronavirus crisis over the past 11 months.”

They added, there had been “a significant shift in the mood when everyone started finding out the Duke wasn’t coming home any time soon.”

The source said: “Everyone’s thoughts are now firmly centred on him pulling through this illness.”

Prince Philip has suffered a number of health issues in the past.

He was treated for a blocked coronary artery at Papworth Hospital in Cambridgeshire in December 2011.

The Duke of Edinburgh was later treated for a bladder infection in June 2012 and later underwent exploratory abdominal surgery in June 2013.

He was given hearing aids in 2013.

Philip was most recently hospitalised at King Edward VII’s hospital in December 2019 where he spent four nights being treated for a “pre-existing condition”.

He was discharged on Christmas Eve and managed to make it up to Sandringham for Christmas with his family.

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