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If you have flu - stay away

03 January 2017
Cambridge University Hospitals is urging people to stay away from hospital if they have flu-like symptoms.

There are currently eight bays closed and an increasing number of patients suffering with flu at Addenbrooke’s Hospital.

CUH has seen a rise in the number of people attending A&E with flu-like symptoms over the weekend, especially the frail elderly.

Deputy Medical Director, Richard Miller said: “The emergency department is already at capacity with high volumes of people attending and now we are seeing an increase in patients being admitted with flu-related illnesses.

“More vulnerable people, such as children, older people or people with long term conditions may need to be admitted, but they should check with their GP, local pharmacist or NHS 111. However, on the whole people with coughs, colds and flu-like illnesses will be better off staying at home, resting and drinking plenty of fluids.

“If people attend the hospital when they are suffering from flu it increases the risk of those viruses being spread within the hospital and putting our patients at risk. Please stay away from the hospital and respect our new visiting restrictions of a maximum of two adult visitors per patient. Children under 16 should not visit unless agreed directly with the relevant ward in advance.”