Nurse suspended after hiding high temperature of Ebola nurse Pauline Cafferkey

Donna Wood recorded a lower temperature on Pauline Cafferkey's form Credit: PA

A nurse has been suspended for concealing Pauline Cafferkey's raised temperature before she tested positive for Ebola.

The reading, noted in December 2014, should have triggered concerns that British nurse Ms Cafferkey was infected with the deadly virus.

Donna Wood recorded a lower temperature on Ms Cafferkey's form so they could pass through the screening process at passport control at Heathrow Airport more quickly, a Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) panel found.

The panel, sitting in Stratford, east London, told Wood during a hearing on Friday that she would be suspended for two months, after finding her fitness to practice had been impaired on public interest grounds.

Pauline Cafferkey Credit: PA

Ms Wood and Ms Cafferkey, who were volunteer nurses returning from Ebola-stricken Sierra Leone, were heading through passport control at Heathrow airport when then their group was pulled aside for screening.

The panel found that Ms Wood was aware that Ms Cafferkey's temperature, which had been measured twice at 38.2C and 38.3C (101F), was above the nationally-set threshold.

But she suggested that a lower temperature of 37.2C (99F) be recorded on her screening form so the group could leave the "uncomfortable" and "chaotic" area more quickly.

A temperature above 37.5C (100F) required further assessment by doctors at the Public Health England (PHE) screening room.