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Swine 'flu update number 4

Dr Jonathan Kwan
Dr Jonathan Kwan, Medical Director

17 August 2009

Like other local hospitals, the Trust has admitted a small number of patients who have had swine 'flu or were suspected of having it.
 
Although the majority of people with swine flu have mild, self limiting symptoms and can care for themselves at home, a small minority develop a more serious illness, usually because they have an underlying condition which reduces their ability to fight infection, and need hospital treatment.
 
Currently, we are seeing a small drop in the number of cases of swine 'flu, both locally and nationally. However, the numbers of people suspected of having swine 'flu are predicted to rise again in September.
 
The Trust continues to plan for an increase in patients with underlying health conditions being admitted to hospital. Dr Jonathan Kwan, Medical Director, reassured patients, visitors, staff and volunteers that the Trust's swine flu planning means that all patients - with or without 'flu - will continue to be given the best possible care in the safest possible environment.

Below is some important advice for our patients and local people:

  1. Swine 'flu is a mild, self-limiting illness in the majority of cases. General hygiene can help to reduce transmission of all viruses, including the swine 'flu virus. This includes:

    • covering your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing, using a tissue when possible; 

    • disposing of dirty tissues promptly and carefully; 

    • maintaining good basic hygiene, for example washing hands frequently with soap and water to reduce the spread of the virus from your hands to your face or to other people; 

    • cleaning hard surfaces (such as door handles) frequently using a normal cleaning product.

  2. If you have flu-like symptoms, stay at home and contact either your GP or NHS Direct on 0845 4647;

  3. Do not to go to your GP or to A&E if you have flu-like symptoms, as you will only infect others. If you call for advice, a healthcare professional will be sent to see you if this is necessary.

For more information about swine 'flu, you can also visit the NHS Direct website or call the 'flu information line on 0800 1 513 513.

For more information, please contact:

Communications team

Tel: 020 8296 4996
communication@esth.nhs.uk

Out of hours media enquiries
Please call 07975 232 380

Additional information

The National Pandemic Flu Service will assess the patient’s symptoms and, if required, provide an authorisation number, which can be used to collect antivirals from a local Antiviral Collection Point.

Latest information on Swine 'flu from NHS DirectDirectGov and the Health Protection Agency

Leaflet from the Department of Health

What is Swine 'flu?

Questions and answers

NHS Direct: 0845 4647

Swine 'flu leaflet for renal patients

Read more about infection control

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