Russian spy's daughter leaves hospital after nerve agent attack

Yulia Skripal, who was poisoned along with her double agent father Sergei last month, will continue to receive medical treatment after she was deemed well enough to be discharged from hospital, the doctor in charge of their care has said.

The 33-year-old Russian national had spent more than a month in hospital after coming into contact with the military-grade nerve agent Novichok.

She is reported to have been released on Monday and taken to a secure location, while her father remains in hospital after making "good progress".

The pair were left fighting for their lives after being found unconscious on a park bench in the Wiltshire town on March 4.

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The Maltings in Salisbury where Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were found on a bench after they were attacked with a nerve agent (PA Wire)

Announcing an update on the Skripals' conditions, Salisbury District Hospital medical director Dr Christine Blanshard said: "Both patients have responded exceptionally well to the treatment we've been providing. But, equally, both patients are at different stages in their recovery.

"I want to take this opportunity to wish Yulia well. This is not the end of her treatment but marks a significant milestone."

She said Ms Skripal has asked for privacy following her release from hospital.

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Military vehicles at Salisbury District Hospital where Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were treated after the attack (Henry Vaughan/PA)

Dr Blanshard said Mr Skripal's health had also improved.

During a short address to reporters outside the hospital, she said: "Although he is recovering more slowly than Yulia, we hope that he too will be able to leave hospital in due course."

Dr Blanshard paid tribute to hospital staff who worked during the "enormously testing" recent weeks.

"They have pulled together, not just to deliver outstanding care to the individuals caught up in these terrible events, but to all our patients as they do day in, day out."

Detective Sergeant Nick Bailey, who was also exposed to the nerve agent, was discharged from the hospital on March 22.

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