Protocols in place to isolate possible ebola cases in Milton Keynes

Milton Keynes Hospital
Milton Keynes Hospital

Hospital bosses say they have “robust” systems in place to ensure staff are fully prepared to deal with possible cases of Ebola.

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt this week warned there could be up to ten ebola cases seen in Britain by Christmas.

But there have been no cases of ebola at Milton Keynes Hospital, a spokesman confirmed.

He said: “The risk of infection in the UK remains very low.

“Nevertheless we are being extremely vigilant and taking all appropriate measures to ensure we are fully prepared.

“In line with guidance issued by the Department of Health and Public Health England, Milton Keynes Hospital has plans in place to identify and manage possible cases of ebola.

“We have sufficient supplies of personal protective equipment, and access to expert testing and advice.”

Screening for the deadly virus began at Heathrow Airport on Monday as the death toll reached 4,000 people in West Africa.

Like others in the country, MK Hospital “must rule out” ebola in any patient visiting A&E who has recently travelled from a high-risk area.

The hospital spokesman added: “This includes taking all necessary steps to prevent and control the spread of infection until the condition can be ruled out.

“We have robust systems and processes which will ensure we are able to identify and isolate a patient who presents with symptoms of Ebola or any other infectious disease.”