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NHS Scotland - Confirmed case of Ebola diagnosed in Glasgow - Nurse Pauline Cafferkey treated at Royal Free London hospital - free of the virus - discharged

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  • #16
    Managers order NHS 24 staff not to put Ebola risk patients in call back queue

    Helen Puttick
    Health Correspondent
    Friday 9 January 2015

    Managers have sent an urgent memo to frontline NHS 24 staff ordering them not to put patients at risk from Ebola in a call back queue, just days after the case of Scottish nurse Pauline Cafferkey.

    Although it is not clear whether the Lanarkshire health worker used the NHS helpline when she returned home to Scotland, the email to the service's call operators raises questions whether she was given the priority that was essential.

    The memo has been circulated across call centres emphasising that patients who visited countries where the disease is spreading and are at high risk of suffering from Ebola, must be treated as "serious and urgent."

    In capital letters supervisors are told not to advise call handlers to list such patients among those who can wait for a nurse to ring them back later.

    Nurses are told in red ink to sign forms as confirmation they read the memo and understood its content.

    NHS 24 declined to comment on whether Pauline Cafferkey, who remains in a critical condition at the Royal Free Hospital in London, had rung the service when she fell ill on her return trip from Sierra Leone just before New Year.

    http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/h...back.115800041
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    • #17
      Ebola patient improving

      12 January 2015

      Updated: 2pm

      The Royal Free Hospital is pleased to announce that Pauline Cafferkey is showing signs of improvement and is no longer critically ill. She remains in isolation as she receives specialist care for the Ebola virus.


      https://www.royalfree.nhs.uk/news-me...ent-improving/
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      • #18
        Ebola patient discharged

        24 January 2015

        Pauline Cafferkey, the Scottish nurse who was admitted to the Royal Free Hospital with Ebola in December 2014, has been discharged today.

        Ms Cafferkey has made a complete recovery and is now free of the virus, which she caught while caring for patients with Ebola in Sierra Leone. She praised the staff who cared for her at the Royal Free Hospital and said she was delighted to be going home after being treated in the high level isolation unit (HLIU) for more than three weeks.

        The infectious diseases team, led by Dr Michael Jacobs, has treated Ms Cafferkey since she was admitted to the hospital on 30 December 2014.

        She said: “I am just happy to be alive. I still don’t feel 100%, I feel quite weak, but I’m looking forward to going home. I want to say a big thank you to the staff who treated me - they were amazing. They were always very reassuring and I knew I was in the best hands. They saved my life.”

        Ms Cafferkey also wanted to thank the Royal Free Charity, which donated an iPad for her to use while she was in the unit. “As I was beginning to recover, I listened to lots of music when I was in the HLIU and that was a massive help,” she said. “I also had lots of Irn Bru to help me through!”

        Dr Jacobs added: “We are delighted that Pauline has recovered and is now well enough to go home. I am very proud of the staff who have been caring for her. It is because of the skill and hard work of the entire team that she is now able to go home.”

        The Royal Free Hospital has the UK’s only HLIU, which is run by a dedicated team of medical staff.

        The unit is designed to ensure staff can safely treat a patient with a dangerous infectious disease. Access to the unit is restricted and there are a number of measures in place to ensure the virus is contained.

        Ms Cafferkey has left the hospital.

        https://www.royalfree.nhs.uk/news-me...nt-discharged/
        "Safety and security don't just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear."
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        • #19
          SAVE THE CHILDREN PUBLISHES FINDINGS OF INDEPENDENT REPORT INTO POSSIBLE CAUSE OF HOW PAULINE CAFFERKEY CONTRACTED EBOLA


          Wednesday 4 February 2015

          Save the Children today published the summary findings and recommendations of the independent review into how volunteer NHS nurse Pauline Cafferkey may have contracted Ebola.

          Pauline Cafferkey worked at the Save the Children Ebola Treatment Centre (ETC) at Kerry Town, Sierra Leone for nearly three weeks, from 7 December 2014 until she left the country to return to the UK on 28 December.

          The independent expert panel - chaired by Professor Nick Phin, Interim Director, Centre for Infectious Disease Surveillance and Control, Public Health England - considered an extensive range of available information related to the practice and procedures of staff working at the ETC and the training given to volunteers.

          The summary findings can be found here.

          Dr Michael von Bertele, Humanitarian Director of Save the Children, said:
          I am delighted for Pauline Cafferkey and her family that she has fully recovered from Ebola. Pauline is a dedicated humanitarian who worked tirelessly and selflessly in the fight against Ebola.

          “We will never be 100 per cent sure how Pauline contracted Ebola, but the independent panel found that it is most likely, though not conclusive, she acquired her illness while working at the Ebola Treatment Centre at Kerry Town in Sierra Leone. It thought it unlikely that Pauline contracted the disease while in the local community.

          “The panel found that the Save the Children procedures, equipment and protocols at the ETC are safe and meet all required standards and that training is of a good standard.

          Working under such intense and challenging conditions, however, cannot be without risk. Although there is no conclusive evidence, the panel suggests that Pauline’s use of a visor, within a context geared to the use of goggles, was the most likely cause of her contracting Ebola.

          “Both visors - used by UK Ministry of Defence staff and recommended by the World Health Organisation - and goggles, which are used by Save the Children after consultation with Médecins Sans Frontières, are safe but there are slight differences in the clothing used with each and the protocols for putting the equipment on and taking it off.

          “The panel found that where Save the Children approved protocols may not have been followed, or where prescribed equipment was not used, they weren’t picked up immediately and therefore action might not have been taken quickly to correct them.

          “Lessons have already been learned and as a result of the findings we have further tightened our protocols and procedures. These include refresher training of the use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and working within ‘risk zones’; improved logging of potential incidents; and, all changes in PPE protocol must be signed off by the ETC director.

          “Save the Children has robust and strict protocols in place to protect our staff and the communities we seek to serve. We maintain confidence in both our equipment and our protocols, as long as they are followed properly. But we keep them under constant review. Staff safety is our number one priority.
          Notes to editors

          1) The independent panel was made up of:
          • Chairman: Professor Nick Phin, Interim Director, Centre for Infectious Disease Surveillance and Control, Public Health England
          • Member: Professor John Coia, Consultant Microbiologist, NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde
          • Member: Joanne Bosanquet, Deputy Director Nursing and Midwifery Public Health England
          • Member: David Tucker, Deputy Director Infection Prevention and Control, Guy' and St Thomas' NHS Trust
          • Member: Dr Michael von Bertele, Humanitarian Director, Save the Children
          ...
          http://www.savethechildren.net/artic...line-cafferkey



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          • #20
            UK Ebola nurse under investigation after claims of misconduct
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            Kevin Rawlinson
            Sunday 22 February 2015 18.13 EST
            Last modified on Sunday 22 February 2015 18.36 EST

            A British nurse who was diagnosed with the Ebola virus after returning from Sierra Leone is being investigated over claims of misconduct, the body that oversees nursing within the UK has confirmed.

            The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) said that it had received information from Public Health England about the conduct of Pauline Cafferkey that it would look into, along with two other nurses.
            ...
            The claims reportedly centre on concerns that Cafferkey was known to be feeling unwell when she returned to Britain, but that her symptoms were obscured. The NMC refused to confirm those reports.
            ...
            An NMC spokesman said: “Following information we received from Public Health England, we can confirm that we are investigating allegations about the conduct of three nurses. It would not be appropriate to comment further at this time.”
            ...
            http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2...-of-misconduct
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