UK medics treated Skripals for opioid overdose until Porton Down tests showed nerve agent poisoning

The medical team at Sainsbury Hospital were treating the Skripals for opioid overdose without any extra precautions, until UK chemical weapon experts “confirmed” nerve agent poisoning and “advised” them on treatment, BBC reports.

» Top New Products

Third eye help

An  empowering  system  designed  to  open  the  third  eye  effortlessly  and  with  ease  and  confidence.           

How to Attract a Man

You'll  learn  how  certain  smart  women  secretly  hook  into  a  man's  deepest  and  most  hidden  needs.           

Take 28 Day Vegan Challenge

Learn  how  to  put  together  tasty  meat-free,  dairy-free    and    egg-free  recipes  for  a  healthy  life.       

Divorce Help For Women

Don't  Get  a  Divorce  Before  Knowing  What  Your  Options  Are                                                                                       

The Formula For Riches

Skyrocket  Your  Growth  By  Applying  The  Formula  And  Make  More  Than  1000%  On  Your  First  Deal.                   

How To Improve English Writing Skills

Helps  you  to  improve  your  English  writing  skills    and    speed  up  your  learning  process.                           

Transform Your Mind in 10 Minutes A Day

Get  The  Meditation  And  Brainwave  Stimulation  Technology  to  Transform  Your  Mind                                           

7250 Landscaping Designs

Transform  Your  Exterior  In  One  Weekend  With  Over  7250  Landscaping  Ideas                                                         

Moroccan arabic language

Learn  to  speak  moroccan  arabic  (also  known  as  darija)  using  audio  lessons.                                                   

Halki Diabetes Remedy

Discover  The  60-Sec  Habit  That  Will  Reverse  Your  Type  2  Diabetes  And  Melted  Away  56lbs  Of  Fat             

Sales Video Creator

New  Revolutionary  Software  That  Is  Designed  To  Engage    and    Sell                                                                       

Automobile Electronics

Automobile  Electronics    and    4-stroke  Engines  is  powerful  for  newcomers.                                                       


Staff at Salisbury District Hospital say that former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, who were found unconscious on a bench in Salisbury on March 4, were initially treated for opioid overdose, a new documentary reveals.

“The evening that Yulia and Sergei were admitted, at that point we were led to believe that they have taken an overdose, so there was no mention of nerve agent poisoning,” Sarah Clark, ward sister in charge of the shift on March 4, told BBC2’s Newsnight in an interview broadcast on Tuesday. “They were needing their support with their breathing and support with their cardiovascular system.”

Read more


Some initial reports on the Skripals indicated that emergency services suspected the powerful drug fentanyl may have been involved. The highly addictive synthetic opiate has been linked to a sharp increase in overdoses in the US and has also resulted in dozens of deaths across the UK.

The medical staff was apparently so sure of the drug overdose diagnosis that they did not even consider taking special precaution to protect themselves against potential exposure to the deadly military grade chemical agent, which they were soon convinced caused the ailment of the Skripals.

“At first, when they first came in, there was no indication of the fact that it was a nerve agent. And therefore, we take our normal protection when any patient comes in but would have not at that point taken any extra precaution in terms of protecting ourselves,” Clark said.

Things at the hospital began to slowly change when police told the medical staff on Monday morning that they were dealing with victims of a potential “targeted attack.” Dr. Duncan Murray, the hospital’s senior intensive care consultant, recalled how he discovered the identity of the Skripals at “six o’clock on a Monday morning,” while Cara Charles Barks, chief executive at the hospital, said that only by 10am was the case declared an “external incident.”

While the Skripals were first admitted to the hospital on Sunday evening, it was not until Tuesday that doctors realized they were seeing “symptoms typical of organophosphate” or nerve agent poisoning, the BBC investigation claims. This suspicion arose after Detective Sergeant Nick Bailey, one of the officers who had attended the scene but whose fate was not part of the BBC report, was admitted with “similar” symptoms.

While some of the symptoms exhibited by the Skripals were consistent with World Health Organization guidelines for opioid poisoning, it was not until a helping hand was extended by experts from the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL) at Porton Down that the Salisbury medical team finally started treating the Skripals for nerve agent poisoning.

“Whilst a district general hospital laboratory cannot test specifically for a nerve agent, we are able to request tests for the effect of the nerve agent so we can measure anticholinesterase levels and see whether they have been affected. And it was our colleagues in Porton Down that helped us with the testing,” Medical Director Dr. Christine Blanshard said.

Read more

Yulia Skripal. © Dylan Martinez

From that point on, doctors at Salisbury Hospital began to administer medical treatment, the details of which are kept secret due to medical “confidentiality” concerns. The hospital continued to receive advice from international experts, including the Porton Down chemical weapons research laboratory.

“Clinical decisions were ours, but we would be foolish not to take their advice, which we did. And I think that helped,” intensive care consultant Dr. Jukes noted. “When we began seeing some improvements, it happened a lot quicker than anticipated. Certainly, when you look at these groups of nerve agents, the expectations from the textbooks, the journals suggested a much longer period of recovery.”

Dr. Jukes, who did not initially believe the two would survive, said he was “exceptionally surprised” with the speed of their recovery. In fact, it happened so fast that he cannot easily explain it.

Dr. Murray of Salisbury District Hospital said their recovery is “attributable to the very good, generic, basic, critical care, excellent team care,” and not some magic pill, in addition to “some input from really, really well informed international experts, which very fortunate, some of who have happened to be on our doorstep at Porton Down.”

If you like this story, share it with a friend!

Let’s block ads! (Why?)

Post Author: martin

Martin is an enthusiastic programmer, a webdeveloper and a young entrepreneur. He is intereted into computers for a long time. In the age of 10 he has programmed his first website and since then he has been working on web technologies until now. He is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of and Online Magazines. His colleagues appreciate him as a passionate workhorse, a fan of new technologies, an eternal optimist and a dreamer, but especially the soul of the team for whom he can do anything in the world.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.