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Ebola nurse Pauline Cafferkey 'stable' after being rushed to hospital

Nurse Pauline Cafferkey is said to be in a stable condition after she was hospitalised for a fourth time since contracting Ebola while working in Africa.
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Nurse Pauline Cafferkey is said to be in a stable condition after she was hospitalised for a fourth time since contracting Ebola while working in Africa.

Ms Cafferkey was taken to the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow under police escort on Thursday morning.

She is undergoing routine monitoring by the infectious diseases team, and remains in a stable condition, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (NHSGGC) said.

The public health nurse was infected with the Ebola virus while working in Sierra Leone as a volunteer for Save The Children.

Routine monitoring

On her return from west Africa at the end of 2014, she was treated at the Royal Free Hospital in London.

Ms Cafferkey was discharged in January 2015, with doctors saying she had completely recovered and

Nurse Pauline Cafferkey is said to be in a stable condition after she was hospitalised for a fourth time since contracting Ebola while working in Africa.


Nurse Pauline Cafferkey has been hospitalised
after contracting Ebola. Picture: PA Wire

Ms Cafferkey was taken to the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow under police escort on Thursday morning.

She is undergoing routine monitoring by the infectious diseases team, and remains in a stable condition, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (NHSGGC) said.

The public health nurse was infected with the Ebola virus while working in Sierra Leone as a volunteer for Save The Children.

Routine monitoring 

On her return from west Africa at the end of 2014, she was treated at the Royal Free Hospital in London.

Ms Cafferkey was discharged in January 2015, with doctors saying she had completely recovered and was not infectious in any way.

However, she was readmitted to hospital twice – in October 2015 and February 2016 – after suffering complications linked to the disease, at one stage falling critically ill.

An NHSGGC spokeswoman said on Thursday: ‘Ms Cafferkey was admitted to the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital under routine monitoring by the infectious diseases team.

Further investigation

‘She is undergoing further investigation and her condition remains stable.’

On previous occasions she has been transferred to the Royal Free in London via an RAF aircraft after initial treatment in Glasgow.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon tweeted: ‘Sending my very best wishes to Pauline Cafferkey.

‘She has already suffered way too much – and all for trying to help others. Thoughts with her.’

Cleared of misconduct

Last month Ms Cafferkey was cleared of misconduct over her return to the UK with the virus.

She was accused by the Nursing and Midwifery Council of allowing an incorrect temperature to be recorded in a ‘chaotic’ screening centre in Heathrow, on her return from Sierra Leone in late 2014.

Ms Cafferkey said she would never have knowingly put anyone in danger and an independent panel found three charges against her were unfounded, and her fitness to practise was not affected.

It ruled her judgement at the airport in December 2014 had been so impaired by the developing illness that she could not be found guilty of misconduct.

Saving lives

Speaking outside the hearing in Edinburgh, Ms Cafferkey's lawyer said she was relieved the process was at an end.

Joyce Cullen said of her client: ‘She willingly put her life at risk to travel to Sierra Leone to work as a volunteer, helping to treat people suffering from Ebola.

‘She and hundreds of other volunteers played a vital role in saving lives, helping to curb the epidemic in extremely challenging circumstances.’

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