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Ebola nurse Pauline Cafferkey flown to London

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Pauline Cafferkey has been flown to London for specialist treatment after earlier being readmitted with “late complications” of the ebola virus.

It emerged earlier today that the Scottish nurse, who originally caught ebola in 2014, had been admitted to a Glasgow hospital in connection with the disease for a third time.

“We can confirm that Pauline Cafferkey is being transferred to the Royal Free”

Trust statement

A statement confirming Ms Cafferkey’s admission to Queen Elizabeth University Hospital was issued this morning by NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde. It stated: “Under routine monitoring by the infectious diseases unit Pauline Cafferkey has been admitted to hospital for further investigations.”

A later statement issued by the health board at midday said “her condition remains stable”, but this was followed by reports that Ms Cafferkey had been flown to London by RAF Hercules.

The Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust subsequently confirmed that she was being transferred to its hospital in Hampstead, where she was originally treated last year.

In a statement, the trust said: “We can confirm that Pauline Cafferkey is being transferred to the Royal Free Hospital due to a late complication from her previous infection by the ebola virus.

Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust

Ebola nurse Pauline Cafferkey flown to London

Source: Steve Ford

Royal Free Hospital, Hampstead

“She will now be treated by the hospital’s infectious diseases team under nationally agreed guidelines,” it said.

It added: “The ebola virus can only be transmitted by direct contact with the blood or bodily fluids of an infected person while they are symptomatic so the risk to the general public remains low and the NHS has well established and practised infection control procedures in place.”

Ms Cafferkey was successfully treated twice during 2015 at the specialist unit based at the Royal Free Hospital, after contracting ebola while volunteering in Sierra Leone.

She was originally discharged in January but was then readmitted to the Royal Free’s high level isolation unit in October following the development of a late complication of the disease.

She was discharged from the Royal Free for a second time on 11 November.


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