Five weeks running one of the Ebola labs in Sierra Leone based in one of the British Army field hospitals, promises to give Stephen Kidd a new perspective on healthcare and invaluable experience. Stephen was asked to help because of his past experience as a lab supervisor for Public Health England. His work spanning 12 years was in tropical disease research enabling him to be part of the UK Bio response team.
Stephen is a first year Scientist Training Programme clinical microbiology trainee based at Hampshire Hospitals Foundation Trust in Basingstoke. He is using this opportunity as his elective rotation to gain some clinical virology, molecular pathology and world health competences. Stephen’s first day at the Ebola Treatment Centre in Makeni was on Friday 23rd January.
You can follow his amazing experience on his blog kiddothemicrobiologist.tumblr.com