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British nurse with Ebola is critical but 'stabilised'

Pauline Cafferkey remains in a critical condition but she stabilised yesterday, Jeremy Hunt has said. Credit: PA

The British nurse being treated for Ebola in a London hospital remains in a critical condition but she has stabilised, Jeremy Hunt told the House of Commons this afternoon.

Pauline Cafferkey, a Scottish public health nurse, continues to receive the "best possible care" at the Royal Free Hospital in north London, the Health Secretary said after speaking to Dr Mike Jacobs, an expert in infectious diseases who is leading the team caring for Ms Cafferkey.

For reasons of patient confidentiality, I cannot go into great detail about Pauline's current medical condition.

However, I have this morning spoken to Dr Mike Jacobs, an expert in infectious diseases who is leading the team of doctors and nurses caring for Pauline at the Royal Free.

As has been reported, Pauline's condition has deteriorated to a critical state although she stabilised yesterday and continues to receive the best possible care.

She said in Sierra Leone that she hoped her loved ones would be proud of her.

Well, she should know today the whole country is proud of her for her bravery and dedication to the service of others.

She stands, quite simply, for the very best of NHS values.

– Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt

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Expert 'pessimistic' about finding out how British nurse caught Ebola

Professor Hugh Pennington, an expert microbiologist from the University of Aberdeen, says that he "pretty pessimistic" that investigators will find an obvious "loophole" in their attempts to work out how British nurse Pauline Cafferkey contracted the deadly virus.

Health Secretary to give Ebola update to Parliament

Jeremy Hunt will update MPs on the UK's ability to cope with Ebola as a British nurse remains in a critical condition with the virus.

The Health Secretary will make a statement in the Commons to MPs returning to Westminster following the Christmas break as Save the Children promised that a review into how nurse Pauline Cafferkey contracted the disease will leave "no stone unturned".

Charity pledges probe into how British nurse caught Ebola

File photo of healthcare worker Pauline Cafferkey being taken aboard a plane at Glasgow Airport as she is moved to the Royal Free Hospital in London. Credit: PA Wire

Save the Children has pledged to leave "no stone unturned" in their review into how a British nurse contracted Ebola.

The Royal Free Hospital, in north London, said Pauline Cafferkey's condition deteriorated over the past few days while she was being treated with an experimental antiviral drug.

The Scottish public health nurse had volunteered with Save the Children at the Ebola Treatment Centre in Kerry Town, Sierra Leone, before returning to the UK and the charity today said it was urgently reviewing its protocols.

Rob MacGillivray from the charity told the BBC he hoped to discover whether Mrs Cafferkey had contracted the virus while at the treatment centre or in the community.

We have a review on at the moment - we are constantly reviewing our protocols and procedures to ensure staff working in Kerry Town centre take all measures possible to prevent themselves becoming infected with Ebola.

And because of this very serious event we have put in an extraordinary review to ensure that we do everything can leave no stone unturned to, as far as possible, identify the source of this infection.

– Rob MacGillivray, Save the Children

British Ebola nurse still critical after new drug treatment

The Royal Free Hospital in north London where Pauline Cafferkey is being treated. Credit: PA

A British nurse battling Ebola is in a critical condition a week after she was diagnosed with the deadly virus.

The Royal Free Hospital said Pauline Cafferkey's condition deteriorated over the past few days while she was being treated with an experimental antiviral drug.

The hospital has insisted that there is "no danger" to staff or patients and it is "open for business as normal" while the 39-year-old is treated in an isolation unit.

The Scottish public health nurse, who works at Blantyre Health Centre in South Lanarkshire, was part of a 30-strong team of medical volunteers deployed to Sierra Leone by the UK Government in November.

She had been working with Save the Children at the Ebola Treatment Centre in Kerry Town.

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Royal Free Hospital: 'No Ebola danger to patients'

The Royal Free Hospital has said that there is "no danger to patients" while it is treating a nurse for Ebola.

The Royal Free London is currently treating a patient for the Ebola Virus in a high level isolation unit. There is no danger to patients or staff during this time.

The Royal Free Hospital is open for business as usual, with in-patient, out-patient and emergency care continuing as normal.

– Royal Free Hospital statement

Swindon patients tests negative for Ebola

Tests on a patient with a history of travel to west Africa have come back negative for Ebola, hospital bosses have said. The patient was being kept in isolation at Great Western Hospital in Swindon while tests for the deadly virus were carried out as a "precautionary measure".

Swindon patients tests negative for Ebola Credit: Barry Batchelor/PA Wire

A spokesman for Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust this morning said: "The test results have come back negative. The patient is continuing to stay within the hospital for treatment." The trust said it had "robust" systems to manage patients with suspected infectious diseases and it followed national guidance for possible Ebola cases.

Ebola tests for patient in isolation in Swindon hospital

The patient is being kept in isolation at Great Western Hospital in Swindon. Credit: Great Western Hospitals NHS Trust

A person with a history of travel to west Africa is being tested for Ebola after being admitted to hospital.

The patient is being kept in isolation at Great Western Hospital in Swindon while tests for the deadly virus are carried out as a "precautionary measure", health chiefs said.

A spokeswoman for Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust said: "The trust is awaiting the results of the sample, which is being screened for a variety of infectious diseases prevalent in the affected countries, one of which is Ebola."

The trust said it had "robust" systems in place to manage patients with suspected infectious diseases and it is following national guidance for possible Ebola cases.

Doctors: British Ebola nurse's condition has deteriorated

The British Ebola nurse went to Sierra Leone to help others, those suffering from the terrible disease. But doctors say Pauline Cafferkey's condition has deteriorated over the last two days - and she is now critically ill at the Royal Free Hospital in north London.

Her sudden change comes just days after her doctor said she was sitting up, eating and drinking, and communicating with her family. ITV News reporter Martha Fairlie has the latest:

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