Flu

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Ian Abbs, Deputy Chief ExecutiveFlu 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 playing their part by taking the jab and becoming flu fighters, protecting patients, colleagues and loved ones from flu.

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 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 website.

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

Flu vaccination self-assessment

Download our best practice management checklist (PDF 207Kb) for healthcare worker flu vaccination. This was presented as part of Chief Executive (CEO) report to the Trust board in October 2018. For the full CEO report, please see our October board papers (PDF 9Mb). 

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