Sutton Bridge, Long Sutton and Lutton residents advised to stay away from King's Lynn Hospital due to flu outbreak
Doctors and nurses at a hospital are appealing for people to only visit in an emergency as they battle following a flu outbreak.
The Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King's Lynn is currently seeing high numbers of patients with flu while treating patients who are acutely unwell with other illnesses.
Staff are now asking people not to visit the hospital to prevent the risk of infection spreading.
Deputy Chief Nurse Edmund Tabay is encouraging people to contact their GP or call 111 if as well as visiting a pharmacy.
He said: “We are discouraging people from visiting hospital so that 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.”
If you intend to visit the hospital and are unsure whether to go ahead please contact the relevant ward and ask to speak to the Ward Manager for advice ahead of your visit.
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 .
If you are suffering from flu and are worried about the impact on your health and any other pre-existing conditions it is best to first contact your GP or call 111 for advice.