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Hugh Bayley praises Ebola workers in Sierra Leone

York Central MP, Sir Hugh Bayley, has expressed his concern that a military healthcare worker from Headquarters 2nd Medical Brigade at Queen Elizabeth Barracks, Strensall, who was serving in Sierra Leone, has tested positive for Ebola and is being flown to the UK for treatment, along with two of her colleagues who will be tested at the RVI in Newcastle.

Sir Hugh visited Queen Elizabeth Barracks in December last year to meet the Commanding Officer of Medical Brigade, Colonel Steve Archer, and his team to hear about the work they are doing in Sierra Leone.

“I hope that the healthcare worker who has been confirmed with Ebola will make a full recovery, and that her four colleagues will not contract the disease. I cannot praise highly enough the work that the 2nd Medical Brigade are doing in Sierra Leone, and by eradicating this devastating disease in Africa they are preventing it from spreading to other parts of the world and protecting people here in the UK.

“I have contacted 2nd Medical Brigade to ask them to pass on my best wishes to the personnel concerned, and to ask whether they have identified the point at which the health worker was infected and whether this will require a change in their working procedures.”

– Hugh Bayley
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British health worker with Ebola believed to be from Yorkshire

A British medic, who has been flown back from Sierra Leone after testing positive for Ebola, is believed to be from North Yorkshire.

A medic believed to be from North Yorkshire has tested positive for Ebola Credit: Press Association

The health worker is being treated at the Royal Free Hospital in Hampstead, north London where she is being held in a special high-level isolation unit.

The woman has not yet been named, but York Central MP Sir Hugh Bayley understands she was from Headquarters 2nd Medical Brigade at Queen Elizabeth Barracks, Strensall, on the outskirts of York.

Two of her co-workers who were transported back in the RAF plane are being monitored for the disease as a precaution.

I hope that the healthcare worker who has been confirmed with Ebola will make a full recovery, and that her four colleagues will not contract the disease.

I cannot praise highly enough the work that the 2nd Medical Brigade are doing in Sierra Leone, and by eradicating this devastating disease in Africa they are preventing it from spreading to other parts of the world and protecting people here in the UK.

– Sir Hugh Bayley

The woman was one of 22 people trained at the hospital who went to West Africa to help curb the epidemic.

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First patient to be tested for Ebola arrives in Newcastle

A patient due to be tested for Ebola has arrived at the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle.

Yesterday, a military healthcare worker was taken to the Royal Free Hospital in London after being diagnosed with the disease. Two others who came into contact with her in Sierra Leone will be tested at a special unit at the RVI. The other patient is expected today.

RVI preparing to test suspected Ebola patients

Ambulance carrying a British military healthcare worker who tested positive for Ebola leaves RAF Northolt in west London Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

Staff at a Newcastle hospital are getting ready to test two patients for the Ebola virus.

Earlier today (Thursday) a military healthcare worker was taken to the Royal Free Hospital in London after being diagnosed with the disease.

Now two others who came into contact with her are to be flown to Newcastle in the morning to be tested.

They have not been diagnosed with the disease but will be assessed when they arrive at the Royal Victoria Infirmary.

The hospital's infectious diseases unit was set up last October. It is one of only four in the UK equipped to deal with Ebola.

Patients with suspected Ebola to be treated at RVI

Two patients with suspected Ebola are being flown from Sierra Leone to Newcastle for treatment.

They will arrive separately on Friday will be taken to a specialist unit at Newcastle's Royal Victoria Infirmary.

They have not yet been diagnosed with Ebola, but will be assessed on arrival at the hospital.

Public Health England has confirmed that they have been identified as close contacts of a military health worker who's been confirmed as suffering from the disease.

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RVI on standby to receive possible Ebola patients

The RVI in Newcastle is one of only three centres outside London equipped to handle ebola cases

The RVI in Newcastle is on standby to receive two military workers being screened for Ebola in Sierra Leone should they test positive.

One British military worker has already been confirmed to have Ebola and is being flown back to the UK along with two of her colleagues who are due to undergo tests at the Royal Free Hospital in London.

A spokesman for Public Health England said: "The Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle is standing by, ready to receive the patients if necessary.

"If a decision is made to transport them to the UK for further assessment, they will be taken to Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle, in line with Ebola response plans."

If the patients are transferred to the North East hospital, they will be the first confirmed Ebola cases to do so.

Two young children were tested for the disease in Newcastle in November last year.

There have been more than 24,000 cases of Ebola world wide since the outbreak started more than a year ago and nearly 10,000 people have died.

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