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Flu carriers urged to avoid East Lancashire's public buildings

PEOPLE who feel unwell and may have flu have been urged to not bring the virus into hospitals, schools or workplaces where it can spread rapidly.

Confirmed influenza cases across England rose sharply in the final few weeks of 2012, according to the Health protection Agency.

And last week there were 22 confirmed cases in Blackburn with Darwen area and 18 across the rest of East Lancashire affecting people of all ages.

Dr Ian Stanley, deputy medical director at East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust, said: “It is important people are able to differentiate between flu and a heavy cold.

Flu causes a sudden high temperature, headache and general aches and pains, tiredness and sore throat.

“You can also lose your appetite, feel nauseous and have a cough. The symptoms can make you feel so exhausted and unwell you have to stay in bed and rest until you feel better.

“Symptoms peak after two to three days and you should begin to feel much better after a week or so, although you may feel tired for much longer.

“The trust asks that people experiencing any flu-like symptoms please refrain from visiting the hospital to keep patients who are unwell and therefore at increased risk, safe from contracting the virus and from passing the virus on.”

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7:27pm Tue 8 Jan 13

2 for 5p says...

These gready money grabers will be in spreading there germs around the workfoce.
These gready money grabers will be in spreading there germs around the workfoce. 2 for 5p
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8:42pm Tue 8 Jan 13

kate11 says...

Does this apply to staff at East Lancs NHS Trust or will they be subjected to the bullying should they have more than 3 episodes of sickness?? While visiting on a Respiratory ward at Blackburn a staff nurse there was passing on her cough and heavy cold to the patients who could have done without any further viruses !! However there is one rule at East Lancs for staff and one for patients and visitors!
Does this apply to staff at East Lancs NHS Trust or will they be subjected to the bullying should they have more than 3 episodes of sickness?? While visiting on a Respiratory ward at Blackburn a staff nurse there was passing on her cough and heavy cold to the patients who could have done without any further viruses !! However there is one rule at East Lancs for staff and one for patients and visitors! kate11
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9:33pm Tue 8 Jan 13

ste.g says...

if you had flu you wouldnt be able to travel anywhere you would be flat on your back
if you had flu you wouldnt be able to travel anywhere you would be flat on your back ste.g
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11:49pm Tue 8 Jan 13

Protector says...

I have to say that I agree with Kate 11's comment. Health care professionals are exposed to various strains of coughs and colds on a daily basis. If they stayed off work every time they experienced any virus type symptoms then these absences would be classed as episodes of sickness. The end result being that they could end up being disciplined through the Trust's Sickness and absence Policy. The end result being dismissal!! Staff are afraid to be off sick. They do not want to let their patients and colleagues down. If every shop floor employee stayed off work every time they had a cough or cold then there would be nobody left on the shop floor delivering basic care. The staffing levels on the shop floor are already minimal to start off with. ELHT Trust practically depends on and runs off Bank Staff and Agency Staff at the best of times.

If ELHT NHS Trust are going to make these "sweeping statements", then I would suggest that they break it down and factor in some solutions with regards to how they would manage if their staff took on board what they have said literally and stayed off sick too!!! The obvious answer is that they would sink faster than a bag of sand! As my grandmother would say...... "be careful what you wish for".
I have to say that I agree with Kate 11's comment. Health care professionals are exposed to various strains of coughs and colds on a daily basis. If they stayed off work every time they experienced any virus type symptoms then these absences would be classed as episodes of sickness. The end result being that they could end up being disciplined through the Trust's Sickness and absence Policy. The end result being dismissal!! Staff are afraid to be off sick. They do not want to let their patients and colleagues down. If every shop floor employee stayed off work every time they had a cough or cold then there would be nobody left on the shop floor delivering basic care. The staffing levels on the shop floor are already minimal to start off with. ELHT Trust practically depends on and runs off Bank Staff and Agency Staff at the best of times. If ELHT NHS Trust are going to make these "sweeping statements", then I would suggest that they break it down and factor in some solutions with regards to how they would manage if their staff took on board what they have said literally and stayed off sick too!!! The obvious answer is that they would sink faster than a bag of sand! As my grandmother would say...... "be careful what you wish for". Protector
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