A fitness to practise hearing involving a nurse who was with Pauline Cafferkey when she returned to the UK after contracting ebola in Sierra Leone is to begin on Monday.
Allegations of “misconduct” have been made against nurse Donna Wood, who will go before a Nursing and Midwifery hearing panel this morning in London.
The two nurses were at an ebola screening area in London Heathrow airport together when Ms Cafferkey’s temperature was wrongly recorded and she was allowed to continue her journey to Scotland at the end of 2014.
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Ms Cafferkey was later diagnosed with the virus, became critically ill and has since had multiple relapses.
Allegations against Ms Cafferkey were previously made by Public Health England – the body running the screening areas at the airport – which claimed she had allowed an incorrect temperature to be recorded on an official form.
PHE also claimed she left the screening area without reporting her true temperature to official staff.
However Ms Cafferkey was cleared of all charges of professional misconduct by an NMC panel earlier this year, after it concluded the virus had impaired her judgement.
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During Ms Cafferkey’s case, the panel heard a second registrant – who was not named and only referred to as “registrant A” at the time – was also present when Ms Cafferkey’s temperature was wrongly recorded.
Today’s hearing will see this registrant – Ms Wood – face charges of misconduct.
The panel dealing with Ms Cafferkey’s case heard her temperature was taken twice by a doctor in the airport’s screening area and found to be 38.2 and 38.3 degrees - higher than 37.5 degrees, the point at which further assessment is required.
Her two temperature scores were read out to her and Ms Wood, but ended up being recorded on Ms Cafferkey’s screening form as 37.2 degrees – within the normal range – and she was allowed to leave.
In the previous hearing, the doctor claimed Ms Wood stated at the time she would record 37.2 degrees on the form and they would “get out of here and sort it out”.
But Ms Cafferkey said she recalled the words “let’s get out of here” being used but could not remember who said it or who entered the temperature on her screening form.
Details of the exact charges against Ms Wood are due to be confirmed by the NMC later on today.
The hearing is scheduled to last until 25 November.