The Independent London Newspaper
26th October 2014

Letters

Royal Free: 'No risk' to public over Ebola patient's treatment

    The Royal Free Hospital has the only high level isolation unit in the country

    Published: 26 August, 2014
    By ALINA POLIANSKAYA

    The first British person to have been diagnosed with the Ebola virus is being treated at the Royal Free Hospital in Hampstead.

    William Pooley, a healthcare worker who had been volunteering in Sierra Leone, was flown to London on Sunday on a specially adapted RAF jet.

    The 29-year-old from Suffolk contracted the disease, which has a fatality rate of up to 90% and has killed almost 1,500 people in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria, while working in Africa helping other patients.

    Mr Pooley's family have issued a statement thanking all those involved in bringing him back to the UK. They added: “Will is receiving excellent care at the Royal Free Hospital and we could not ask for him to be in a better place.”

    A hospital spokesman said Mr Pooley's treatment posed “no risk” to other people.

    The hospital in Hampstead has the only high level isolation unit in the country, which is used to treat people with infectious diseases.

     

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