Hospital reminds patients and visitors to help prevent spread of flu

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Southampton University Hospitals NHS Trust is asking patients and visitors to play their part in helping to prevent the spread of swine flu.

Cases are continuing to rise in communities across the country, so bosses at Southampton General Hospital and the Princess Anne Hospital are asking people to stay away if they are suffering from flu-like symptoms. 

Patients with appointments should firstly ring their GP for advice if they feel flu-like. If diagnosed, they should ring the phone number on their appointment card or letter to cancel, while visitors should also stay at home and follow national NHS guidance.

Staff throughout the Trust have been fully briefed on swine flu and are being regularly updated as the situation changes. They have also been reminded not to come into work if they feel ill.

Steve McManus, SUHT’s chief operating officer, said: “We have been planning for a situation like this for some years and are fully prepared.

“Our hospitals continue to operate as normal, but we are likely to come under increasing pressure as cases of swine flu spread through the community.

“As a precaution, we would ask that anyone who is suffering flu-like symptoms avoids coming into the hospital and follows national guidance laid out by NHS Direct.”

Anyone developing flu-like symptoms should remain at home, check symptoms via www.nhsdirect.nhs.uk and, if still concerned, should contact NHS Direct on 0845 4647, the national swine flu hotline on 0800 1 513 513 or their GP by phone for advice.
Posted on Wednesday 8 July 2009