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Pauline Cafferkey Boosted By Blood From First Victim
Blantyre-based nurse Pauline Cafferkey is no longer in a critical condition, according to the hospital in London which is treating the Ebola victim.
Thirty-nine-year-old Pauline contracted the deadly virus after going on a charity mission to Sierra Leone. She was diagnosed after returning to Glasgow having been allowed to travel back to her Cambuslang home via taxi before realising her symptoms.
Pauline was initially admitted to Glasgow’s Gartnavel Hospital on December 29, then transferred to the Royal Free Hospital in London the following day. On Monday (January 12) the hospital released a statement saying that Pauline was showing signs of improvement and was no longer critically ill.
The news comes after it emerged that Pauline is being boosted by blood from the UK’s first victim, Will Pooley.
The family of Pauline released a statement asking for her privacy to be respected, saying: “We would like to thank all our friends, family and the members of the public who have contacted us with support following Pauline’s diagnosis with Ebola. We have been very touched by the kind words. We want to thank all the staff caring for her for their kindness, support and compassion.”
Hamilton West MP Tom Greatrex welcomed the news that Pauline’s condition had improved. He also called for an investigation following comments from a frontline NHS staff member, working in a Lanarkshire accident and emergency service, about the lack of preparedness for dealing with Ebola cases.
He said: “I have written to the new chief executive of NHS Lanarkshire, Calum Campbell, asking that the concerns of the whistleblower are investigated immediately and that they are addressed. The Lanarkshire public, healthcare workers and patients deserve to have peace of mind, particularly when there is heightened concern about this terrible condition.”
However, a spokesperson for NHS Lanarkshire said their staff are “well-prepared” for Ebola cases, explaining: “Preparations have included issuing staff with updated guidance on the management of patients with suspected ebola.
“Training in the use of personal protective equipment for NHS Lanarkshire staff started in October 2014. There has been regular practice of putting on and taking off protective equipment and we are carrying out a second round of refresher training for staff.
“We have also held a scenario planning event for staff who would be involved in the treatment of patients and carried out walk-throughs in the hospitals to ensure we are fully prepared.”