Sailors give blood to help fight against ebola virus

The Apheresis team. From left to right, CPONN Mark 'Robbie' Robinson, PONN Mark Bailey, Musn Christopher Brisley (Donor), Cpl Kelly Wooton RAF and WO1 Jim Robinson, in the Primary Care Receiving Facility aboard RFA Argus off Sierra Leone
The Apheresis team. From left to right, CPONN Mark 'Robbie' Robinson, PONN Mark Bailey, Musn Christopher Brisley (Donor), Cpl Kelly Wooton RAF and WO1 Jim Robinson, in the Primary Care Receiving Facility aboard RFA Argus off Sierra Leone
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BLOOD from sailors is being used for the first time to fight the Ebola virus in Sierra Leone.

Two Royal Navy nurses – Chief Petty Officer (Naval Nurse) Mark ‘Robbie’ Robinson and Petty Officer (Naval Nurse) Mark Bailey – set up a volunteer emergency blood donor panel on board Royal Fleet Auxiliary ship Argus off the West Coast of Africa. The two nurses, who work at Queen Alexandra Hospital in Cosham, have previously performed the procedure in Afghanistan but this is the first time that blood products have ever been donated on an operational Royal Naval Service ship.

CPONN Robinson said: ‘Setting up the initial emergency donor panel, though challenging, has been a great experience.

‘Personnel have been enthusiastic in coming forward to donate their platelets, which has helped make this an easier process to set up.’