Star Opinion: Ebola role for city hospital

Dr Anne Tunbridge who specialises in Infectious diseases at The Royal Hallamshire Hospital in Sheffield
Dr Anne Tunbridge who specialises in Infectious diseases at The Royal Hallamshire Hospital in Sheffield
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The Ebola outbreak in west Africa is rightly worrying governments across the world as cases of the disease begin to occur in the United States and Europe.

The disease has had a devastating impact in several west Africa countries and we can only imagine their plight as health care services collapse under strain.

Plans are being put in place here in case the disease arrives on our shores with the Royal Free Hospital in London treating anyone infected in a UK outbreak.

However, the Royal Hallamshire hospital in Sheffield, as well as hospitals in Newcastle and Liverpool, will be on standby if there is a ‘national surge’ in cases. The Royal Hallamshire has been selected as it has an infectious diseases unit with 33 dedicated beds – more than half of which are isolation rooms.

Of course it is concerning that these measure are being put in place but it is also heartening to know that the city has such a specialism in this area.

Hopefully the Royal Hallamshire will remain on standby and not be needed. That would be the best case scenario.

If it is called into action we can rest assured that the hospital has safeguards in place to prevent any further spread of the disease.

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