BIRMINGHAM  - Malala Yousafzai is making progress in a British hospital, doctors said Tuesday, as police turned away visitors claiming to be relatives after detaining them briefly.The 14-year-old girl shot in the head by the Taliban was in a stable condition on her first full day in Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham after being flown to the city in central England on board an air ambulance.The hospital’s medical director David Rosser said she had had a “comfortable night”, though the hospital administration had irritating incidents overnight as several people claiming to be relatives of Malala tried to access her.“We have had some, I guess I would say, irritating incidents overnight and I understand that a number of people have been arrested but there are no security concerns,” Rosser told journalists. “I understand that a number of people turned up claiming to be members of Malala’s family – which we don’t believe to be true – and have been arrested.”However a police spokeswoman denied that any arrests were made. “We are investigating what happened but I can confirm that there were no arrests,” the spokeswoman for West Midlands Police told AFP. Rosser said: “We think it’s probably people being over-curious. They didn’t get very far.”The police said in a statement that two people came to the hospital overnight wishing to see her but were questioned and turned away. “They were stopped in a public area of the hospital and questioned by police, who recorded their details and advised the pair that they would not be allowed to see her,” police said, describing them as “well-wishers”.There are a large number of Asian Muslims in Birmingham’s population. The Pakistani diaspora in Britain is estimated to number 1.2 million – over a tenth of the city’s population.Malala was shot on a school bus in the former Taliban stronghold of the Swat valley last Tuesday as a punishment for campaigning for the right to an education, in an attack which outraged the world. Given that she was targeted for assassination by a Taliban gunman, security measures are in place at the hospital.However, the hospital and government officials declined to give any details about the security measures but a spokesman for the interior ministry said her security was “a priority for both Pakistan and the UK”.A hospital spokesman said no extra measures were in place but because the unit treated British military personnel it already had “fairly robust security”. About Malala’s health, medical director Rosser said, “Doctors...believe she has a chance of making a good recovery on every level”, adding that her treatment and rehabilitation could take months.“We are very pleased with the progress she’s made so far… She is showing every sign of being every bit as strong as we’ve been led to believe… Malala will need reconstructive surgery and we have international experts in that field.”He said doctors at the highly specialised hospital – where British service personnel wounded in Afghanistan are treated – were beginning to plan for the complex procedures but they would not be carried out in the coming days.Malala has been assessed by clinicians from the neurosurgery, imaging, trauma and therapy departments, though “very specialist teams” who may become involved further down the line are yet to perform detailed assessments on her injuries, Rosser added. “Injuries to bones in the skull can be treated very successfully by the neurosurgeons and the plastic surgeons, but it is the damage to the blood supply to the brain that will determine long-term disability,” said Duncan Bew, consultant trauma surgeon at Barts Health NHS Trust in London. Judging the best way forward in such difficult cases requires a wide range of experienced medics working as a team.“In trauma, it is really the coordinated impact of intensive care that is critical. It’s not just about keeping the patient alive but also maximizing their rehabilitation potential. With neurological injuries that is paramount,” Bew said.Doctors said youth was on her side since a young brain has more ability to recover from injury than a mature one.“On the positive side, Malala has passed two major hurdles - the removal of the bullet and the very critical 48-hour window after surgery,” said Anders Cohen, head of neurosurgery at the Brooklyn Hospital Centre in New York. Pakistani surgeons removed a bullet from near her spinal cord during a three-hour operation the day after the attack last week, but she now needs intensive specialist follow-up care.Compared with some of the nation’s ageing hospitals, the new National Health Service (NHS) hospital offers a spectrum of services ranging from plastic surgery to neuroscience. They may all be needed in Malala’s case. The unit at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, a large blue and white glass-plated complex in the south of England’s second city, has treated every British battle casualty for the last decade, Rossner said.Built at a cost of 545 million pounds ($877 million), the hospital has the world’s largest single-floor critical care unit for patients with gunshot wounds, burns, spinal damage and major head injuries.