A physician has admitted she misled different medics concerning the well being of a colleague returning to the UK from West Africa with Ebola in 2014.
Dr Hannah Ryan informed a disciplinary listening to she had been in a state of “disbelief, worry and panic” after discovering out nurse Pauline Cafferkey had had a excessive temperature, a warning signal.
As an alternative of alerting public well being officers at Heathrow Airport, each continued on their journey residence.
Dr Ryan denies misconduct.
Dr Ryan and Ms Cafferkey had been working in Sierra Leone with different volunteers to assist deal with Ebola victims.
And on 28 December that they had landed at Heathrow, “eager” to be house for the Christmas vacation interval, the tribunal heard.
They queued to get clearance from Public Well being England medics to be allowed to go away.
Making an attempt to assist PHE employees with the method, they agreed to take and report their very own temperatures.
Dr Ryan had then taken Ms Cafferkey’s temperature and obtained a studying of 38.2C – greater than regular.
However a decrease temperature, 37.2C, was truly recorded, and Ms Cafferkey was then allowed to catch her connecting flight to Glasgow to go house.
She fell critically ailing the subsequent day and examined constructive for Ebola.
Dr Ryan has admitted deceptive others and that she “acquiesced” within the incorrect temperature being given, however denies misconduct by her actions on the airport and through a subsequent investigation by Public Well being England.
The tribunal was adjourned till tomorrow morning.
Yui Mok/PA Wire
In September 2016, the Nursing and Midwifery Council cleared Ms Cafferkey of misconduct over claims she had hidden her an infection, after a panel dominated that her judgement had been impaired by her sickness.
In November, one other colleague, senior nurse Donna Woods, was suspended by the NMC for 2 months. The panel discovered Mrs Wooden steered a decrease temperature be recorded on Ms Cafferkey’s screening type so they might cross by means of checks at passport management extra shortly.
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