News story: Troops prepare for Sierra Leone Ebola duty

More than 100 members of the British Army’s 22 Field Hospital are preparing to provide a 12-bed treatment unit for healthcare workers in Sierra Leone.

Today, Mr Francois witnessed mission training at the Army Medical Services centre at Strensall, which is designed to develop and assess the clinical and organisational procedures required.

Personnel carried out parts of the exercise in personal protective equipment in a hangar converted into a mock-up field hospital, treating simulated casualties to replicate the situation they expect to find when they deploy.

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A medical technician tests blood samples during the training exercise at the Strensall training facility [Picture: Graham Harrison, Crown copyright]

Mr Francois said:


The Ebola virus represents a global threat to public health and we will not stand idly by. The UK has been at the forefront of responding to the epidemic and our medics will continue the great work already carried out by the military engineers, planners, DFID and FCO representatives and NGOs.

This operation will involve a unique set of challenges, but I believe that our military medics, who we are extremely proud of, have the ability to provide support to the World Health Organisation in helping to bring the outbreak under control.

Military personnel will deploy to Sierra Leone next week where they will join military engineers and planners who have been in country for almost a month, overseeing the construction of the medical facilities.

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Watched by directing staff, a doctor briefs his team before ward rounds during a training exercise at the Strensall training facility [Picture: Graham Harrison, Crown copyright]

Commander 2 Medical Brigade, Brigadier Kevin Beaton, said:


We have created a detailed mock-up of the environment we will be operating in once deployed, enabling our personnel to get used to the procedures they will have to undergo and their personal protective equipment, working in challenging conditions.

We believe this is a mission worth doing, and a risk worth taking to protect our people as we tackle Ebola.

The 12-bed facility is just one strand of the UK’s commitment to tackling Ebola. Using British expertise and local building contractors, the UK has pledged to establish the physical infrastructure for a total of 700 beds.

A team of over 40 military personnel, including logisticians, planners and engineers, are currently on the ground in Sierra Leone to oversee the construction of the UK’s facility near Freetown and develop sites for new facilities.

The UK will build at least 4 new Ebola treatment facilities near urban centres including Port Loko, Freetown, Makeni and Bo.

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FORMER_FYRDMAN

LE
Book Reviewer
Rather them than me. Good luck to them all and I hope they all stay safe.
 
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bokkatankie

Guest
Is it a good idea to let them back in UK at end of tour, perhaps they should be stripped of their rights, quarantined and sent to Falklands?
 
What could possibly go wrong?
 

FORMER_FYRDMAN

LE
Book Reviewer
They are going to look after the aid workers not the dirty natives!

They're still going closer to Ebola than I would, hats off to them.
 
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bokkatankie

Guest
They're still going closer to Ebola than I would, hats off to them.

Yes dear, I think we all get that, now back to the jokes.

Interesting point Cape Town, where I live, is further away from Sierra Leone than London, you chaps first methinks!
 

PFGEN

GCM
Clinic is for treating aid workers. Kind of makes sense treating them on site than running the risk of bringing them back home. I hope team have had good training and shed loads of decent ppe.
 
Yes dear, I think we all get that, now back to the jokes.

Interesting point Cape Town, where I live, is further away from Sierra Leone than London, you chaps first methinks!
...but the virus travels south in winter, comrade.
 
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bokkatankie

Guest
...but the virus travels south in winter, comrade.

Bugger! But hang on our Summer is just getting started, got to love the equator and all that. Your winter is just starting, bye bye Northern Hemisphere, no rugby jokes allowed.
 

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