A woman has thanked caring staff at a café in Beckenham who responded admirably after her dad slipped into unconsciousness.

Lizzy Deans is a regular at 7 Village Way in Beckenham and on Tuesday (August 6) she took her dad Michael there for some lunch.

Michael, 73, had hammertoe surgery the week before.

His daughter left the café for half an hour to do some shopping while Michael stayed with a coffee.

"I came back and he was slumped in his chair," Lizzy, 45, told News Shopper.

"I thought he was having a nap, but he wasn’t responding to me and I actually thought he was mucking about."

However, it became clear Michael was unconscious when Lizzy noticed his lips turning blue.

An ambulance was called, and staff helped keep Lizzy calm while one worker went out to the street to direct paramedics.

"I would have panicked much more if it wasn’t for them," Lizzy said. "If they were not there supporting me, I don’t know what could have happened.

"They make you feel like family in there."

Michael thankfully woke up in the ambulance and he remains in Princess Royal University Hospital.

Doctors believe a combination of dehydration, a mix of different medication and being in pain led to the scare.

Michael will soon be able to return home and is looking forward to visiting his favourite café again.

"We go there all the time," Lizzy added. "I am disabled, and they are so welcoming and friendly.

"They know your name and know exactly what you want to eat.

"My dad loves going there with his paper and he does the crossword. He is so sociable, and the place is just perfect."

Lizzy returned to the café to update staff of her dad’s progress and was met with hugs.

The grateful woman said she was "overwhelmed" by the compassion of staff and recommended others to visit the gem of a café just off Beckenham High Street.