August 21, 2012 · 0 Comments
You behave yourself, Duke tells nurses as he goes home after five-day treatment for bladder infection
05:33 EST, 20 August 2012
20:09 EST, 20 August 2012
It’s no fun being stuck in hospital at the start of your holiday. So it’s little surprise that Prince Philip had a big grin on his face as he was finally discharged yesterday.
The 91-year-old was so pleased to be going back to his break at Balmoral that he even cracked a little joke for the staff, telling them to ‘behave themselves’.
According to nurses at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, the Duke of Edinburgh was a model patient during his six-day stay following a bladder infection.
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The Duke of Edinburgh has been discharged from hospital today after spending five days undergoing treatment for a flare-up of a bladder infection
The Duke thanked hospital staff as he was escorted out of Aberdeen Royal Infirmary at 11 o’clock this morning
On leaving hospital the Duke of Edinburgh was taken 40 miles away to Balmoral
Royal sources described him yesterday as being ‘happy, chirpy and in fine fettle’.
It was the Duke’s third health scare in just eight months.
He was admitted to hospital by ambulance last Wednesday at the start of his traditional summer holiday with the Queen at Balmoral after suffering a recurrence of the bladder infection he first developed during June’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations.
As Prince Philip recovered at nearby Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, the Queen attended church
That time round it was thought his condition was brought on after being forced to stand for several hours in cold, wet and windy conditions on a barge sailing down the Thames during the Jubilee River Pageant.
Philip also spent four nights in hospital over Christmas after surgery to clear a blocked coronary artery.
During his time at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, he was ordered by doctors to undergo a strict period of bed rest and as a result was not visited by the Queen or other family members.
As he left yesterday he shook hands with senior staff from the hospital lining his route to a Range Rover, including chief executive Richard Carey, medical director Dr Roelf Dijkhuizen and general manager Vincent Shields.
Senior staff nurse Denise Webster said: ‘The Duke was a very good patient, and as he left the hospital he told staff to behave themselves and he said he was going back to enjoy the rest of his holiday.’
Philip’s ill health has given rise to concerns that the elderly royal, who still conducts more than 300 public engagements each year, is doing too much.
It is not yet known whether he will be well enough to attend his next official engagement – accompanying the Queen to the opening of the London 2012 Paralympic Games next Wednesday.
Royal service: Police stood guard at the entrance to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary where 91-year-old Prince Phillip was treated for a bladder infection
Struck down again: Back in June Prince Phillip was taken ill during the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant
By Emma Brown