A team of military medics from UK-based 22 Field Hospital have been deployed to operate a healthcare workers treatment facility in Kerry Town, Sierra Leone.
The team includes 91 personnel, comprising of general nurses, medical technicians, specialist nurses, doctors, and infectious disease consultants, as well as drivers, chefs, administrators and logistical staff.
These personnel will work alongside 40 soldiers, who are already in the country assisting work to establish the UK-supported 92-bed treatment facility.
Around 12 beds, out of 92, will be used for the specific treatment of healthcare workers. The British medics team will work for this treatment facility, situated around 50km from the capital, Freetown.
The 22 Field Hospital commanding officer and lieutenant colonel Alison McCourt said: "This unit has been the ‘Vanguard’ medical regiment for the past 20 months, which means we are on high readiness to deploy at short notice to anywhere in the world, although this is a bit different and provides us with a challenge we are perfectly suited to this kind of task.
"I firmly believe we can make a significant difference and it will be professionally rewarding for those taking part."
The 22 Field Hospital includes medical specialists from the Royal Navy and the Royal Air Force, as well as specifically skilled staff from the Ministry of Defence hospital units.
The UK’s treatment centres are expected to provide direct medical care for around 8,800 Ebola patients for over six months.
Image: Local builders working on the construction of the UK Ebola treatment unit in Kerry Town in Sierra Leone. Photo: courtesy of staff sergeant Tom Robinson RLC, Crown copyright.