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Queen Elizabeth Hospital asks people not to visit due to high number of patients with flu

Lynn's hospital is currently experiencing high numbers of patients with confirmed flu and with symptoms of the flu virus.

As a result, the Queen Elizabeth Hospital are asking people not to visit the hospital wherever possible, particularly if you have been unwell yourself.

Those who are feeling unwell are asked to call the NHS 111 helpline or visit their GP.

The main entrance to Lynn's Queen Elizabeth Hospital
The main entrance to Lynn's Queen Elizabeth Hospital

The hospital state pharmacies in the area are also available to give advice and medication, and are now back to normal opening hours following the festive season.

Edmund Tabay, deputy chief nurse at Queen Elizabeth Hospital, said: "We are discouraging people from visiting hospital so we can ensure the safety of patients and staff.

"If you have been unwell yourself please stay away from hospital until symptom-free for at least 72 hours and where visiting is essential, we ask for only two visitors per patient, so that we can prevent the spread of infection on our wards.”

The QEH also posted on social media on New Year's Eve saying demand for services is high with lots of people with sickness, diarrhoea and flu like symptoms.

It added: "If you're feeling unwell but it isn't an emergency you should call 111 or visit 111.nhs.uk online for advice first."

Flu cases are on the increase at a rapid rate in the local community. In most cases those affected are advised to stay at home, take plenty of bed rest, drink plenty of water and take paracetamol until symptoms pass.

For more information about the flu, visit https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-body/facts-about-flu-and-the-flu-vaccine.

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