Prince William and Kate paid a visit to an NHS 111 cal centre to thank the first responders for their tireless efforts during the coronavirus pandemic. They visited the centre on Thursday, but the visit was kept secret so as to avoid crowds gathering.
It marks the first engagement by a member of the Royal Family since government advice on Covid-19 tightened.
While there, William and Kate met with the staff and spoke with Garrett Emmerson, the CEO of the London Ambulance Service, to see how they’ve been dealing with the influx of calls.
Prince William praised NHS workers and those in 111 call centres, and he thanked them on behalf of The Queen and Prince Charles for their heroic efforts.
After their visit, the Prince said: “The last few weeks, and more recent days have been understandably concerning with the continuing spread of coronavirus. But it’s at times like this when we realise just how much the NHS represents the very best of our country and society – people from all backgrounds and walks of life with different experiences and skills, pulling together for the common good.
“Not only are NHS staff and emergency workers responding to the needs of the public, they – like the rest of us – are concerned about their families, friends and loved ones. They need our support as much as we need theirs.
“That is why Catherine and I were proud to visit staff working at NHS 111, to pass on our personal thanks, along with those of my grandmother and father, to staff working around the clock to provide care and advice to those that need it most.
“It was also brilliant to see the great online tools for those with mild symptoms or worries.
“All of us have a part to play if we’re going to protect the most vulnerable. That means acting on the latest expert advice, staying home if we or those we live with have symptoms, and avoiding non-essential contact to help reduce the spread of the virus.”