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Hospital response to bus crash in Stanley – 12.30 pm, 3 June 2014

Medical director Chris Gray said, "19 people have attended A&E at University Hospital of North Durham (Durham City) following the bus crash in Stanley.

18 children and 1 adult. 14 of these have been walking wounded.

5  have been brought in by ambulance, 10 patients are still in hospital, and others have been discharged.

A&E staff responded swiftly and the hospital declared a major incident.

I'd like to pay tribute to staff for their swift and professional response.

Life threatening emergencies are still being received at UHND, other less serious cases are being diverted to other hospitals.

In a real emergency, people should still call 999 and the A&E department will provide appropriate care, but we would ask that people thinking of coming to A&E in Durham today to seek alternatives."

'I feel it is important to relay my experience back to let the staff know they are doing a brilliant job! I would like them to know I appreciated all they did for myself, my family and our beautiful baby girl.'

Patient, Labour Ward, Darlington Memorial Hospital