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First minister Peter Robinson discharged from hospital following suspected heart attack

Published 29/05/2015

First Minister Peter Robinson
First Minister Peter Robinson

First minister Peter Robinson has been discharged from hospital following a suspected heart attack.

The DUP leader spent four nights in Belfast's Royal Victoria Hospital after he was taken in on Monday.

The 66-year-old took to Twitter to thank the cardiac team at the RVH where he underwent a "procedure".

Mr Robinson tweeted: "Happy to be discharged and back home. Thanks to the wonderful RVH cardiac team - everyone a star.

"Many thanks to all who sent messages of support and encouragement in the last week. Your thoughts and prayers have been really appreciated."

Senior DUP sources said he was in good spirits.

Messages of support and well-wishes have flooded in from across the political spectrum with many taking to social media to wish the DUP leader a speedy recovery.

Among those was Prime Minister David Cameron.

Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness visited Mr Robinson at the RVH on Wednesday night and took him a bowl of fruit.

He said at the time: "Hopefully he's on the mend. I would hope he will be out of hospital very shortly."

1/2 Happy to be discharged and back home. Thanks to the wonderful RVH cardiac team - everyone a star.

— Peter Robinson (@DUPleader) May 29, 2015

Finance Minister Arlene Foster was among Mr Robinson's other visitors at the Royal where he has been under police guard ever since he was transferred to a specialist cardiac ward there from the Ulster Hospital near his Dundonald home.

Mr Robinson's health problems meant he missed a contentious debate in the Assembly on welfare reform.

Mr Robinson first became ill during a cycle ride with a party colleague.

2/2 Many thanks to all who sent messages of support & encouragement in the last week. Your thoughts & prayers have been really appreciated.

— Peter Robinson (@DUPleader) May 29, 2015

The DUP leader had recently taken up cycling to improve his health but had to stop twice during a ride with Sammy Douglas last Saturday complaining of tiredness.

The two men had been out cycling together for the last two weekends.

However, Mr Douglas noticed that his leader was more tired than the week before.

"Last Saturday he had to stop twice," he said.

"I thought at the time he was just tired and he said he had a spot of indigestion, soreness around the chest or stomach it sounded like. But he was in the best of humour."

Further reading:

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Peter Robinson due to be discharged from hospital later today 

Sinn Fein chief Martin McGuinness takes bowl of fruit to Peter Robinson in hospital

Peter Robinson given welfare debate briefing in his hospital bed

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Welfare reform: Waiting to see who'll blink first in Stormont

They call Peter Robinson rubber ball man... but can he bounce back from this latest setback?  

Our message to the First Minister: you can be better than ever after having a heart scare  

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