AMESBURY: Charlie Rowley discharged from hospital

Charlie Rowley Amesbury Incident

Published by Faye Tryhorn at 5:38pm 20th July 2018 (Updated 7:59pm 20th July 2018)

The 45 year old from Amesbury has left Salisbury District Hospital today (Friday July 20th).

A statement's been released by Lorna Wilkinson, Director of Nursing, Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust this afternoon:

“I am pleased to confirm that earlier today, Charlie Rowley was discharged from hospital.

Charlie has been through an appalling experience most of us could never imagine. Today is a very welcome milestone in his recovery and all of us here at Salisbury Hospital wish him well as he continues to get better. The progress he has made is a testament to the remarkable clinical team who have worked tirelessly, supported by brilliant behind the scenes staff.

I want to take this opportunity to thank them again."

Charlie was admitted to Salisbury District Hospital on Saturday June 30th, following exposure to the nerve agent, novichok.

Investigations are continuing into how Charlie, and his partner Dawn, who sadly passed away on July 8th, came into contact with it.

Charlie Rowley
Charlie will continue his recovery away from Salisbury District Hospital

REACTIONS TO CHARLIE'S RELEASE:

Paul Cosford, Director of Health Protection and Medical Director at Public Health England said,

“We’re pleased that Mr Rowley is well enough to leave hospital. For the avoidance of doubt, Mr Rowley's discharge creates no risk to anyone in the community.

“Our advice to the public remains unchanged. Do not pick up any items such as syringes, needles, cosmetics or similar objects made of materials such as metal, plastic or glass. If you didn’t drop it, then don’t pick it up”.

Wiltshire Police have also said how pleased they are that Charlie is out of hospital:

NO FURTHER RISK TO THE PUBLIC:

Salisbury District Hospital say their thoughts are with the family and friends of Charlie's partner, Dawn Sturgess at this time 'as they go through the difficult process of coming to terms with her death'.

The Director of Nursing, Lorna Wilkinson, also said staff have 'decontaminated' Charlie, with Public Health England advising that 'he poses no risk to the community'.

They've said: 

"I would also like to reassure everyone that, despite many people seeking advice following these incidents, there have only ever been a total of five people who have been exposed to this nerve agent and admitted to hospital for treatment.

"In the past four and a half months, our hospital has treated all five victims while the world looked on and yet we have never closed our doors to the public. I would now like to ask the media to give us the space we need to carry on with doing our job – providing outstanding care for the people of Salisbury.”

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