British men and women from up and down the country have already gone to Sierra Leone to fight Ebola. These scientists, medics, engineers and aid workers are already having an impact on the ground. This new team of NHS clinicians will join them after undergoing intensive training.Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said:
These medics are putting themselves on the frontline in the UK’s fight against Ebola. Their contribution will make a huge difference to people suffering from this horrific disease.
Lieutenant Colonel Jaish Mahan, Chief Instructor at the Army Medical Services Training Centre said:
I want to thank the extraordinary NHS volunteers who have selflessly put their names forward to help fight Ebola in Sierra Leone. They embody the values at the heart of our health service, and their expertise and dedication is second to none.
Professor Tony Redmond, Head of UK Med said:
The Army Medical Services Training Centre has been a centre of excellence for delivering hospital capability and we are proud to be able to facilitate preparation of the civilian medical staff who have volunteered to help in Sierra Leone.
From December, pre-departure training for NHS and international volunteers will be taken on by RedR, with funding from the Department for International Development.
I continue to be humbled by the continuing response from across the NHS. My enormous thanks go to the teams who are volunteering to go out and the unsung heroes - their NHS colleagues - who are covering their shifts. I’d also like to thank the Trust Executives who facilitate their release.