Nurse who treated Ebola patients at Royal Free wins award

Breda Athan helped treat three Ebola patients at the Royal Free

Breda Athan helped treat three Ebola patients at the Royal Free - Credit: Archant

A senior nurse who led on the treatment of three Ebola patients at the Royal Free Hospital has been honoured at the Nursing Times Leaders awards 2015.

Breda Athan, senior matron and lead nurse for the high level isolation unit (HLIU) at the hospital in Hampstead, said she was “delighted” to be named a Nursing Times Inspirational Leader.

The award came just over a year after nurse Will Pooley became the first UK citizen to contract Ebola during the epidemic that swept across West Africa last year. He, along with Pauline two subsequent cases, were treated by the HLIU.

After receiving the award, Ms Athan said: “I am delighted to have received this award. However I see this as recognition of the outstanding work of the whole HLIU team. Not just nurses and doctors, but the pharmacists, house keepers and everyone else who worked tirelessly to ensure we were providing the best possible care to our three Ebola patients.”


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