Ebola nurse Pauline Cafferkey to return to Glasgow

Nurse Pauline Cafferkey has been discharged from the Royal Free Hospital in London. Picture: PA
Nurse Pauline Cafferkey has been discharged from the Royal Free Hospital in London. Picture: PA
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Scots nurse Pauline Cafferkey, who contracted Ebola while working in Sierra Leone, has been released from isolation after being treated for meningitis caused by the deadly virus.

The 39-year-old Scot, who contracted Ebola last December, was re-admitted to the isolation unit at the Royal Free Hospital in London on October 9, months after she was thought to have fought off the infection.

At one point she was described as “critically ill” but the Royal Free announced yesterday that she had been discharged from its care and transferred to Glasgow’s Queen Elizabeth University Hospital to continue her recovery.

Speaking before she returned to Scotland, Ms Cafferkey said: “I am forever thankful for the amazing care I have received at the Royal Free Hospital.

“For a second time, staff across many departments have worked incredibly hard to help me recover and I will always be grateful to them and the NHS. I am looking forward to returning to Scotland and to seeing my family and friends again.”

The Royal Free said Ms Cafferkey had made a full recovery from Ebola and was no longer infectious.

Ms Cafferkey, from South Lanarkshire, as diagnosed in December after returning to Glasgow from west Africa.