Flu

Patients and visitors

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Please do not visit our hospital if you are or have been unwell with flu-like symptoms in the last seven days, except in an emergency.

To help keep our patients safe this winter over 75% of our frontline staff have had the flu vaccination, protecting themselves and you.

Help us reduce the spread of infection and keep our patients safe this winter. 

Symptoms

If you have had a fever or any two of the following symptoms in the past seven days, please do not visit our hospital:

  • fever (38 degrees centigrade)
  • shortness of breath or cough
  • headache
  • runny nose
  • sore throat
  • tiredness
  • aching limbs
  • lack of appetite
  • vomiting and diarrhoea
  • stomach cramps.

Routine appointment

If you have an appointment at our hospital but have had a fever or any two of the above symptoms in the past seven days, please reschedule your appointment.

Due to be admitted to hospital

Please call the number in your admission letter or the ward where you are being admitted and explain your symptoms.

Visiting friends and relatives

Please don’t visit relatives and friends who are inpatients on our wards if you have any flu-like symptoms.

Emergency department (A&E)

Only attend our emergency department (A&E) if absolutely necessary. If you are not sure if the emergency department is the best place to go, visit the Health Help Now website.

If you have been suffering from a medical problem for more than 48 hours you should first try calling your GP surgery or NHS Direct on 111 for advice.

Useful websites

For more information about flu, its symptoms, treatment and prevention, please visit the NHS Choices website.

Information on how to keep healthy this winter is available on the NHS Choices website.

Norovirus

Norovirus sometimes called 'winter vomiting disease' causes diarrhoea and vomiting and is highly contagious. Find out about the symptoms of the virus and how to prevent the infection spreading.

We would encourage all patients to help us to help them by only coming to A&E in an emergency, so that we can focus on treating the most seriously ill patients.

Dr Katherine Henderson, Clinical Lead for A&E