Ebola preparations in place at Kettering Hospital

Coloured transmission electron micro-graph of a single Ebola virus, the cause of Ebola fever. It is one of the group of filoviruses, so-called for its thin and long shape. Here the viral filament is seen looping in on itself. PNL-141014-111140001
Coloured transmission electron micro-graph of a single Ebola virus, the cause of Ebola fever. It is one of the group of filoviruses, so-called for its thin and long shape. Here the viral filament is seen looping in on itself. PNL-141014-111140001

Doctors at Kettering General Hospital say they are well prepared for an Ebola crisis should one hit the town.

Although there has only been one case in the UK so far - a nurse who contracted the disease in Sierra Leone - the Government has recently stepped-up efforts to stop the virus spreading to the UK.

Screening has been introduced at several airports and hospitals are preparing to cope should they have to treat patients with the illness.

Kettering General Hospital’s Medical Director, Dr Andrew Chilton, said: “Like all acute hospitals in the UK Kettering General Hospital has made appropriate preparations in case we receive any cases of suspected Ebola from our local community.

“The trust has updated its procedures and staff training to enable us to respond to any suspected Ebola cases and checked we have appropriate protective equipment for staff.

“While the trust will remain vigilant in connection with Ebola it must be emphasised that the risk of infections in Western Europe is currently extremely low.”