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Two healthcare workers holding up signs saying "we've had our flu jab" and "we're protecting ourselves, patients and each other"Flu vaccination is available every year on the NHS to help protect adults and children at risk of flu and its complications. If you are or have been unwell with flu-like symptoms in the last seven days, avoid coming to the hospital except in an emergency.

Our staff are helping to get the message across about the importance of having your flu jab by making sure they get theirs too. Doing so helps to protect you, our patients, colleagues and loved ones from the impact of flu.

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


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

Useful websites

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

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

Flu vaccination self-assessment

In preparation for the flu vaccination programme, the Trust is required to complete a healthcare worker flu vaccination best practice management checklist.


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