During the Ebola outbreak in 2014 The Department for International Development (DfID) announced that it was working with British military and humanitarian experts to set up a treatment centre in Sierra Leone. The UK was at the forefront of responding to the epidemic and many NHS staff volunteered to go to West Africa to help combat the epidemic.
Five members of staff from Microbiology worked at Ebola Treatment Centres across Sierra Leone at different times over a period of several months, helping to test blood samples for Ebola. In acknowledgment of their work they have been awarded the Queen’s Ebola Medal.
Without the dedication of NHS volunteers such as (from left to right) Rosalind Sainsbury, Yoshini Taylor, Joshua Taylor, Shanteri Shenoy and Clovis Salinos, the death toll would have been far higher and the outbreak would not have been contained.