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Addenbrooke's to keep visitor numbers to a minimum after announcing flu outbreak among patients


By Adrian Curtis


Ambulance staff and volunteers praised for their hard work over a busy festive period
Ambulance staff and volunteers praised for their hard work over a busy festive period

Hospital planning to control the outbreak by restricting visitor numbers

Addenbrooke’s hospital has declared a flu outbreak among patients.

The hospital has plans in place to effectively manage the numbers, but require the help and support of the public to help prevent the spread of infection.

Addenbrooke’s is urging visitors to stay away from hospital if they have flu-like symptoms, diarrhoea or sickness this Christmas and New Year, or have had these symptoms over the last 48 hours.

A spokesman said: “Only two visitors per patient are permitted at any one time in order to keep infection risk to a minimum. Visitors are advised to use hand sanitisers at the entrance to each ward, or wash their hands in the nearby sinks with soap and water. Children should not visit unless agreed with the wards in advance. People should attend the A&E department only if it is an emergency or they have a life threatening condition.

The hopsital advise those people with coughs, colds and flu-like symptoms, to rest at home and ensure they drink plenty of fluids while others with concerns, particularly in relation to children or the elderly, or those with long-term conditions, should consult their GP or NHS111 before going to A&E.



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