This afternoon Public Health England has confirmed that the blood test result for Ebola on a patient at Hereford County Hospital has come back negative.
Susan Lloyd, Herefordshire Council’s director of public health, said this news will come as a great relief to the individual and their family.
“The risk of anyone catching Ebola is very low, but we have plans and procedures in place to deal with infectious diseases in Herefordshire which are constantly under review.
“Local partners worked together to make sure the individual was properly treated and that the public was protected. The individual continues to receive excellent health care locally.
“However, our advice is that people who suspect they may have Ebola do not go to their local GP surgery. They should phone 111 for advice”.
Members of the public can find out more about Ebola on the NHS Choices website http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/ebola-virus/pages/ebola-virus.aspx
Anyone concerned about any health matter you can call NHS 111 at any time.
Tracy Hill, Acting Service Delivery Manager at Wye Valley NHS Trust, said:
“This has been the first real test of these plans and they have stood up to scrutiny.
“Of course, these incidents allow us to fine tune them and ensure an even better response should we have a further suspected case in the county.”