Sergei Skripal discharged from hospital

Sergei Skripal Collage with hazmat, bench and his home (Ellie Harries)

10:20am 18th May 2018
(Updated 11:34am 18th May 2018)

Sergei Skripal has been discharged from Salisbury District Hospital.

They've confirmed the news this morning (Friday May 18th).

Sergei has been in care of the hospital since the 4th March after the nerve agent attack.

His daughter, Yulia Skripal, along with DS Nick Bailey both received care after the poisoning but were released last month. 

Salisbury District Hospital Chief Executive, Cara Charles-Barks, said:

"It is fantastic news that Sergei Skripal is well enough to leave Salisbury District Hospital.

"That he, Yulia and DS Bailey have been able to leave us so soon after coming into contact with this nerve agent is thanks to the hard work, skill and professionalism of our clinicians, who provide outstanding care to all our patients, day in and day out.

"This has been a difficult time for those caught up in this incident - the patients, our staff and the people of Salisbury. I want to thank the public for their support, and I want to pay a special tribute to both the clinical staff here at the trust and those who work so hard behind the scenes.

"They've demonstrated the very best of the NHS."

Director of Nursing, Lorna Wilkinson added:

"We have been able to discharge Sergei Skripal. This is an important stage in his recovery, which will now take place away from the hospital.

"Treating him and the other two people poisoned by this nerve agent, while still providing outstanding care to the other patients who rely on our hospital, has been a huge and unprecedented challenge that I'm proud our staff at Salisbury Hospital have risen to."

Due to their right to patient confidentiality, there will be no further detail released about the treatment of Sergei, Yulia and Nick received. 

It is unknown where Sergei has gone to, now that he has been discharged. 

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NHS England has also given their reaction to the news:

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The Metropolitan Police are running the investigation into the poisoning incident and have been working in the city since early March.

They are focussing their efforts on Sergei Skripal's home in Christie Miller Road in Salisbury, and have released a statement on their progress:

"Detectives from the UK's Counter Terrorism Policing network continue to investigate the attempted murders of Sergei and Yulia Skripal in Salisbury in March this year.

"They are both making good progress and we are pleased that Mr Skripal has now also been released from hospital, which was announced by the NHS earlier this morning.

"This is a complex investigation and detectives continue to gather and piece together all the evidence to establish the full facts and circumstances behind this dreadful attack.

"In the interests of Sergei and Yulia’s safety, we will not be discussing any protective or security arrangements that are in place."

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