Jon Rouse, Chief Officer of Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership said:

“Our first thoughts are with all those involved in the tragic events that occurred in Manchester last night, and anyone still concerned about their loved ones.

“I would like to take this time to thank our NHS staff and emergency services who responded exceptionally and continue to ensure the injured received the care they need. 59 injured people were taken to hospitals across Greater Manchester and are being cared for by healthcare professionals in the area, and we know many others have attended since. NHS Blood and Transplant have confirmed to us that they have all the blood required for hospital patients at the present time.

“We know today will be difficult and a challenging one for the NHS and the people of Manchester, and we would ask that people use NHS and emergency services responsibly at this time, while we continue to respond to the situation.”