Practising taking blood in Ebola saftey suits
Image by DFID – UK Department for International Development
NHS medics practise taking a blood sample from a fake arm at the Ebola training facility, near York. Both visibility and ease-of-movement is more limited when wearing the full safety suits needed, so it is essential to practise these key tasks before deployment.
More than 30 doctors, nurses and medics from across the UK’s National Health Service are joining Britain’s fight against Ebola in Sierra Leone.
The NHS volunteers have spent 9 days training at the Army Medical Services Training Centre, at Strensall near York in preparation. The facility is a replica of a Sierra Leone Ebola treatment centre.
The group – which includes GPs, nurses, clinicians, psychiatrists and consultants in emergency medicine – will work on testing, diagnosing and treating people who have contracted the deadly virus.
They will work in British-built treatment centres across the country, which when full, will triple Sierra Leone’s bed capacity.
Find out more about the UK’s fight against Ebola in Sierra Leone at: www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/ebola-virus-governme…
Picture: Simon Davis/DFID
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