Help us protect patients and staff from flu

Posted: January 5, 2018

Seasonal virus can be easily spread in hospital

People in Swindon with a cough, cold or other symptoms of flu are being asked to only come to the Great Western Hospital if their visit is urgent. 

Over the last 24 hours, a high number of patients suffering from the seasonal virus have been admitted to hospital. 

To help control the spread of the infection, visitors who have, or have recently had, flu and who may be coming to hospital to see a friend or relative are being asked to only do so in the most urgent cases.

People with flu who are unable to avoid coming to hospital are asked to cover their face when they cough or sneeze and to use the alcohol hand gel when entering and exiting clinical areas.

Flu, which can spread easily in public places such as schools, restaurants and hospitals, is particularly common at this time of year and can leave people suffering unpleasant symptoms for up to a week.

People can protect themselves against the virus by having the flu jab, which is available at most GP surgeries, pharmacies and supermarkets. 

Some people, such as those aged over 65 and pregnant women, are able to get the flu jab for free.

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