Department of Health written question – answered on 16th October 2014.

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Photo of Luciana Berger Luciana Berger Shadow Minister (Public Health)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his Statement of 13 October 2014 on Ebola, how long it takes for the results from blood tests administered by the Public Health England laboratory to be communicated to the patient; and where that laboratory is located.

Photo of Jane Ellison Jane Ellison The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

A provisional Ebola test result takes about four hours from the time the sample arrives at the Rare and Imported Pathogens Laboratory, Public Health England, Porton Down, Wiltshire. The results are telephoned to the patient’s clinician as soon as they are available.

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