Princess Anne was today being treated and observed at an NHS hospital in Bristol after she was injured by a horse and left with minor injuries and concussion.

Emergency services raced to the Princess Royal's Gatcombe Park estate in Gloucestershire yesterday evening and she was given medical care at the scene.

The 73-year-old royal was then transferred to Southmead Hospital in Bristol for appropriate tests, treatment and observation - and Buckingham Palace confirmed that she will remain there 'unless or until her medical team advise otherwise'.

Royal officials added that the Princess was taken to the hospital 'as a precautionary measure for observation and is expected to make a full and swift recovery'.

Southmead Hospital is part of the North Bristol NHS Trust and has a number of major specialities, including neuroscience.

The Institute of Neurosciences is based in the hospital's Brunel building and is a regional centre providing specialised services for a wide spectrum of neurological conditions.

Southmead Hospital is also home to the only adult major trauma centre (MTC) in the The Severn Major Trauma Network (SMTN).

The centre works alongside six other units based across the South West.

The hospital's orthopaedic department comprises The Avon Orthopaedic Centre, one of the largest centres of its kind in the region which carries out an estimated 1,000 knee replacements a year.

Elsewhere, North Bristol NHS Trust is a centre of excellence in the South West for plastic and reconstructive surgery, with the service at Southmead Hospital among one of the largest in England.

Its core specialities include burns, skin cancer and breast reconstruction among others.

Southmead Hospital was given an overall rating of 'good' from the Care Quality Commission (CQC) after its latest inspection in November 2023.

The exact cause of what happened to Anne is unconfirmed, but her medical team said her head injuries were consistent with a potential impact from a horse's head or legs.

A concussion is a mild traumatic brain injury that affects how the brain functions.

The effects of concussion are usually short-term and can include headaches and trouble with concentration, memory, balance, mood and sleep.

While some concussions cause the person to lose consciousness, most do not – and most people make a full recovery.

Common symptoms of concussion include headache, confusion and loss of memory, known as amnesia.

The amnesia can include forgetting what happened that caused the injury.

Physical symptoms of a concussion can also include ringing in the ears (tinnitus), feeling or being sick, fatigue, dizziness and blurry vision.

People who witness a concussion in somebody else may report that that person is slurring their speech, cannot answer questions promptly, seems dazed and is forgetful. Some of these symptoms may occur immediately while others come on over a few days.

People are urged to seek urgent medical help in cases where there is repeated vomiting or nausea, a loss of consciousness, a headache that gets worse over time, changes to vision, confusion, seizures, weakness in limbs, sudden deafness and when fluid or blood is draining from the nose or ears.

Patients often need to be monitored for at least 48 hours after suffering a concussion, which is to make sure they have not suffered any sort of bleeding in the brain.

The painkiller paracetamol can help control pain, but people are advised not to use non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug painkillers like ibuprofen or aspirin as they can sometimes cause bleeding.

People are also advised to rest, not drink any alcohol and only return to daily activities when they feel able.

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