Members of The Midland Centre for Spinal Injuries (MCSI) team at The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital were given a tour of 10 Downing Street as a way to say thank you for the care they provided North Shropshire MP, Owen Paterson.

Earlier this year, Mr Paterson was a patient on MCSI at the Oswestry-based hospital, after he broke three vertebrae in a riding accident in January.

His accident resulted in him spending three weeks in hospital and four months out of work to recover.

To recognise the team’s dedicated care, a tour of Downing Street was organised.

Rebecca Warren, ward manager on MCSI, said it was a “fantastic day”.

She said: “Our tour of Downing Street was absolutely brilliant; it was an amazing day and a great way of recognising our team.

“The whole team had a fantastic time; we had a two hour tour and saw so much of 10 Downing Street.

“We even caught a glimpse of the Prime Minister. The day we were there was a particularly difficult day for her in the media, and we saw her receive a hug from members of the catering team there, which was really nice to see.”

Mr Paterson said: “I’d like to thank everyone on MCSI and RJAH for all they did to get me back on my feet, and also thank you to 10 Downing Street for hosting.

“I’m delighted that the whole team had a great time.”

Pictured: Members of The Midland Centre for Spinal Injuries team outside 10 Downing Street.