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UK healthcare worker with Ebola heads to hospital

An ambulance carrying the healthcare worker is on route to hospital.

A British military healthcare worker who has tested positive for Ebola is in London to receive specialist treatment.

The female worker left Sierra Leone by military plane earlier today and is being transferred to the Royal Free Hospital.

The plane carrying three UK healthcare workers from Sierra Leone landed moments ago.

Four other military healthcare workers are being assessed after they came into contact with the woman.

Two returned to the UK on the same military plane, while the other two are currently being assessed in Sierra Leone


Queen approves Ebola medal plan

Nurse Pauline Cafferkey is among those who have assisted in the Ebola fight. Credit: PA

The Queen has signed off on plans to award a special medal to Britons who have helped fight Ebola in Sierra Leone, Development Secretary Justine Greening has told MPs.

Ms Greening said Britain has not stood on the sidelines in the fight against the disease, telling MPs the number of new cases each week had dropped from more than 500 to fewer than 60.

In a Commons statement, she said her thoughts were with the family of the British military healthcare worker who has been flown home after being confirmed to have contracted Ebola.

British Ebola patient flown out of Sierra Leone

The RAF plane collected the British healthcare worker overnight. Credit: RTV

A British military healthcare worker who has tested positive for Ebola has begun her journey back to the UK for specialist treatment.

The Ministry of Defence has confirmed an RAF plane which landed in Sierra Leone is on its return journey with the unnamed patient on board.


Ebola patient being assessed on whether 'fit to fly'

An RAF C17 large military transport aircraft that was scheduled to land during the night, touched down in Sierra Leone shortly after 4am, the Foreign Office has confirmed. A member of the Royal Free Hospital was on board the plane to perform an assessment on whether the patient was "fit to fly".

A C17 large military transport aircraft. Credit: PA

The patient has been confirmed as having Ebola. The spokesperson would not comment on a claim in the Sun Newspaper that four other people may also be returning. She said that "contact tracing" had been done, meaning that it has been established who the patient had been in contact with. She said decisions on bringing others back to the UK would be made on a "case-by-case basis".

MoD confirms UK military health worker has Ebola

The Ministry of Defence has issued a statement after Public Health England revealed a UK military healthcare worker in Sierra Leone has contracted Ebola.

As Public Health England has confirmed, a UK military healthcare worker has tested positive for Ebola.

They are currently being treated in the Kerry Town Treatment Unit.

A clinical decision on whether the individual will be medically evacuated to the UK for treatment will be taken in due course.

Their next of kin have been informed and we will not be providing any further details at the current time.

Despite there being stringent procedures and controls in place to safeguard UK service personnel, there is always a level of risk in deployments on operations of this type.

– Ministry of Defence statement

Ebola patient may be transferred to UK for treatment

A British military healthcare worker diagnosed with the Ebola virus may be transferred back to the UK for treatment, Public Health England (PHE) has said.

The organisation said the unnamed worker was being assessed and a clinical decision on whether they would be "medically evacuated" would be taken "in due course".

In a statement, PHE added that officials were currently tracing any individuals in recent contact with the worker, with a view to assessing and potentially treating them.

An investigation is also underway into how the worker contracted the virus.

More than 9,500 people have died from the Ebola outbreak in West Africa so far.

British nurses Pauline Cafferkey and Will Pooley both survived the disease, which has not killed any British nationals.

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