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Influenza - protecting our patients

28.01.16

At this time of the year it is normal to experience increased levels of influenza (Flu) in the community and in our hospitals.

Currently a small number of patients at Cheltenham General Hospital have been affected. When this happens, we have tried and tested plans in place aimed at supporting the affected patients while minimising and reducing the impact on other patients in our hospitals. For most people influenza infection is not life threatening and the seasonal flu vaccination does help to protect you. Many of our patients are more vulnerable to illness and infection so we do ask visitors to bear in mind the following:


Patient and visitor information

Clinical arrangements are in place for the small number of patients currently affected and close family member/s will be made aware of the situation through direct contact with our clinical teams. If a ward is affected by Flu, please carefully consider whether your visit is essential and be aware that by visiting, you may be at increased risk of picking up influenza yourself.

 

Visiting advice
We do ask that you DO NOT visit patients in any of our wards at either hospital if you are or have recently been unwell yourself with any symptoms of flu infection, flu-like symptoms (cough, sore throat, fever, chills, muscle pain) or diarrhoea, nausea and vomiting. We know that this can be difficult and thank you for your patience and understanding. 

If you are affected by Flu, NHS Choices has useful information about symptoms and treatment.