Flu outbreak shuts hospital ward

Conquest Hospital, Hastings. SUS-170118-125056001
Conquest Hospital, Hastings. SUS-170118-125056001
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A ward at the Conquest Hospital is currently closed due to an outbreak of influenza.

Additional Infection Prevention and Control measures have been put in places on Newington Ward, with staff having to wear masks, gloves and aprons when caring for affected patients.

A spokesperson for the East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust, which runs the Conquest, said: “Influenza is known to be circulating in the community at this time of year and some patients presenting with suspect or confirmed influenza have required admission to our hospitals.

“The Infection Prevention and Control team continues to closely monitor all cases of influenza in order to minimise the risk of transmission.

“Please refrain from visiting our hospitals if you have any flu like symptoms which include a fever greater than 38°C or history of fever and two or more of the following symptoms: cough, sore throat, runny nose, headache, limb/joint pain, vomiting or diarrhoea.

“We advise against visiting Newington Ward during the outbreak, however if your visit is essential please contact the ward to discuss the precautions required.”

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