The patient will be treated in the hospital’s high-level isolation unit.
The HEALTHCARE worker contracted the disease in Sierra Leone and was flown back home in a specially equipped RAF plane.
The family of the first Briton to contract Ebola in West Africa has praised doctors for the care he is receiving after being returned to the UK from Sierra Leone.
Nurse William Pooley, 29, was a volunteer when he became infected. He is now being treated at the Royal Free Hospital in north London.
ITV News correspondent Lewis Vaughan Jones reports.
William Pooley, a volunteer nurse who has become Britain’s first confirmed Ebola patient, had previously spoken of his pride at seeing the RECOVERY of those he had treated for the virus in Sierra Leone.
In an interview with the Guardian 10 days ago, the 29-year-old from Eyke, Suffolk said of his work at an Ebola centre in the country: “It’s great seeing [the patients] walk away after some of them have been in a terrible state and seeing them on the wards.”
Pooley’s family have praised the treatment he is receiving at the Royal Free Hospital in London, adding that they were “astounded” by the speed at which authorities had acted following his illness.
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Ebola-stricken medic William Pooley “made a mistake” when he was working hard to help patients in Sierra Leone, his workmate suggested, as he paid tribute to the volunteer nurse.
It’s a very honourable thing. He saw the need. He read about our nurses who were unfortunately dying there and took it on himself to come over and volunteer and learned how to be as safe as he could.
But when you work hard like that, when you put in so many hours, you’re going to make a mistake and unfortunately that seems to have happened in this case.
– DR ROBERT GARRY, AN AMERICAN COLLEAGUE OF BRITISH EBOLA VICTIM WILLIAM POOLEY
Ebola is highly infectious, but health chiefs said the risk to the British public “remains very low”.
Fears of Ebola spreading in the UK ‘are not justified’
The family of a British national being treated for the Ebola virus say he is being “receiving excellent care” at the Royal Free hospital in north London.
A consultant at the hospital, Dr Mike Jacobs, said fears of an outbreak in the UK are “not justified,” adding that “the people who most at most risk really are health care workers in the UK who will confront these cases and there are very careful protective measures in place”.
HEALTHCARE worker William Pooley contracted the disease in Sierra Leone and was flown back home in a specially equipped RAF plane on Sunday.
The World Health Organisation says more than 240 health workers working on the Ebola epidemic have contracted the disease and around half of those infected workers have died.
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