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The BBC's Richard Lister
"The doctors will be deciding if she requires further treatment"
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Geriatic consultant Mario Impallomeni
"I think she has mild chronic anaemia"
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The BBC's Peter Hunt
says that a blood transfusion may take 24 hours
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Wednesday, 1 August, 2001, 12:38 GMT 13:38 UK
Queen Mother treated for anaemia
Queen Mother on a public engagement in June
Aides say she hopes to carry out her birthday engagements
The Queen Mother has been admitted to hospital to undergo treatment for anaemia.

A royal spokesman said she would have a blood transfusion at the private King Edward VII hospital in central London.

The condition - a shortage of red blood cells - was diagnosed when she underwent tests after suffering mild heat exhaustion on Tuesday.

However aides insisted the 100-year-old, who celebrates her 101st birthday on Saturday, was not seriously ill.

She arrived at the hospital in a black Daimler and walked up three steps and through the doors with the aid of two sticks and only minimal help from a member of her staff.

'No cause for alarm'

The Queen Mother's private secretary Sir Alistair Aird said there was "no cause for alarm" and she was expected to carry out her usual birthday engagements.

The Queen Mother walks into King Edward VII Hospital with the help of two sticks
The Queen Mother walked into the hospital
A statement from Clarence House said: "Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother has been diagnosed as suffering from anaemia and is being admitted to the King Edward VII Hospital (Sister Agnes) for treatment.

"However, the Queen Mother is hopeful of being able to undertake her morning birthday appearances outside Clarence House as usual on Saturday 4 August."

Anaemia is a very common condition, often related to the body's ability to absorb iron effectively.

Further tests

This leads to a lack of oxygen in the bloodstream, which tends to make older sufferers feel tired and weak.

Department of Health guidelines to GPs advise that a blood transfusion is appropriate to treat anaemia when the patient's symptoms are severe or if there is acute bleeding.

The Queen Mother was seen by a doctor after suffering mild heat exhaustion on Tuesday and was advised to rest.

She will undergo further "routine" checks while in hospital.

The Queen is taking her place at a scheduled public engagement on Wednesday.

Health problems

The Queen Mother has been in excellent health for most of her life but in recent years she has suffered some age-related problems.

She had two hip replacements in the 1990s and last November fractured her collar bone in a fall at Clarence House, her London home.

Her eyesight has also deteriorated.

However she likes to keep up her programme of public engagements and rarely misses a scheduled event.

On the morning of her birthday she normally appears at the gates of Clarence House to greet well wishers and receive bouquets of flowers.

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