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Ebola nurse Pauline Cafferkey to Face NMC Panel over allegations of Misconduct by Idowu Olabode : September 12, 2016, 02:15:17 PM
A fitness to practice hearing by a panel of the Nursing and Midwifery Council is to begin in Edinburgh.

The body has the power to strike medical staff from its professional register.

Ms Cafferkey, originally from Crossgates, Fife, was diagnosed with ebola after returning home from voluntary work with the sick in Sierra Leone at the height of the outbreak.

She flew back to London from West Africa and travelled to Scotland before it was discovered she had contracted the deadly virus in December 2014.

The registered nurse recovered after almost a month in isolation in London’s Royal Free Hospital but was readmitted to hospital due to complications.

During one readmission she was critically ill.

Details of allegations against her were revealed last month but the NMC said more evidence had emerged and they had been reviewed.

The original allegations stated that she had concealed her high temperature during checks at Heathrow Airport.

They said she had allowed an incorrect temperature to be recorded on December 29, 2014 and intended to conceal from Public Health England staff that she had a temperature higher than 38C.

It was claimed she did not tell screening staff she had recently taken paracetomol and left the area without reporting her true temperature.

A statement from the NMC last month said the final charges the panel will consider would be determined in light of new material received.

In an interview with the BBC in May Ms Cafferkey told how the virus had caused lifelong damage and revealed that her viral load of ebola was the highest ever recorded in a survivor.

She said she had a permanent weakness in her left leg, pins and needles and numbness in various parts of her body, painful swelling at the base of her spine and suffered dizziness.

However, she said she was “alive” and had received the best care in the world.

She contracted ebola while volunteering in the Kerry Town ebola treatment centre.

When she fell ill again in October, last year, she was treated for meningitis caused by the virus.

In February she suffered a complication related to her previous infection.

Source :  The Courier

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