Ebola hell con­tin­ues for Pauline

Rutherglen Reformer - - News -

Cam­bus­lang Ebola nurse Pauline Caf­fer­key has spo­ken of her heartache af­ter be­ing ac­cused of mis­con­duct over her re­turn to the UK with the virus.

Pauline, who stays in Light­burn, re­mains un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion by the Nurs­ing and Mid­wifery Coun­cil, 18 months af­ter re­turn­ing to Bri­tain.

At a pre­lim­i­nary hear­ing in Fe­bru­ary 2015 she was al­lowed to con­tinue to work­ing at Blan­tyre Health Cen­tre, but risks be­ing struck off when her case goes to a full hear­ing.

Pauline, 40, con­tracted Ebola while work­ing in a hospi­tal in Sierra Leone and flew back to Heathrow in De­cem­ber 2014 with a high tem­per­a­ture.

Pub­lic Health Eng­land staff, in charge of screen­ing for the virus at the air­port, took her tem­per­a­ture six times be­fore al­low­ing her to fly on to Glas­gow.

But she fell crit­i­cally ill and was flown back to Lon­don where she re­ceived life­sav­ing treat­ment in a spe­cial­ist unit at the Royal Free Hospi­tal in Hamp­stead.

Pauline spent al­most a month in iso­la­tion be­fore she re­cov­ered, but was read­mit­ted twice with com­pli­ca­tions linked to Ebola, at one stage fall­ing crit­i­cally ill.

She was told af­ter leav­ing hospi­tal that she was un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion by the coun­cil af­ter con­cerns raised by Pub­lic Health Eng­land.

Pauline said: “The re­port on how they are deal­ing with my case is still ong­ing.

“It’s very stress­ful. It would be nice to have clo­sure.”

She has said she would like to re­turn to Sierra Leone when she re­gains full fit­ness to con­tinue her sup­port of char­ity Street Child.

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