Doctors and nurses in Doncaster and Worksop are urging people with flu-like symptoms to only attend the Emergency Department if it’s absolutely necessary, helping to minimise the risk of the illness spreading throughout hospital.
Since Christmas, Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals (DBTH) has cared for over 200 patients presenting with the flu-like symptoms. While the illness can cause serious complications, the majority of people are able to recover with plenty of bed rest and fluids.
The most common symptoms of influenza (flu) are an abrupt onset of fever, shivering, headache, muscle ache and a dry cough. Most people confuse the flu with a heavy cold, although influenza is usually a more severe illness, which is caused by other respiratory viruses such as rhinovirus.
Flu vaccination by injection can protect adults (and some children) at risk of flu. You can ask your GP about having the flu jab if you’re aged 65 or over, pregnant, have a serious medical condition, live in a residential or nursing home, or are the main carer for an elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if you fall ill.
Local residents can help to minimise the risk of cold and flu spreading by following a few simple steps, such as:
- Use a disposable, single-use tissue to cover your mouth and nose when coughing, sneezing, wiping or blowing your nose.
- Dispose of these tissues promptly in a suitable place and hand hygiene should always be practised whenever coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose – any surface you come into contact with afterwards can become contaminated and spread the illness
For further information about health services in the area visit www.doncasterccg.nhs.uk/winter and follow the winter health campaign on social media with #doncasterwinter18.