County Community Hospital in Invergordon Closes Due to Flu as RNI Reopens

By Reporter, The HighLand Times, Friday January 12 2018

The County Community Hospital in Invergordon has closed to new admissions following a number of patients being diagnosed with flu.

Three patients have been confirmed with flu and there are further patients experiencing respiratory symptoms.

All next of kin of patients at Invergordon have been informed of the situation and we are asking that visitors are kept to an absolute minimum with relatives and friends asked to stay away unless in special circumstances.

The Royal Northern Infirmary, which was closed to new admissions on 03 January due to flu, has now reopened, however NHS Highland is asking that members of the public do not to visit the hospital if they have respiratory symptoms or symptoms of diarrhoea and vomiting.

Raigmore Hospital still has visiting suspended due to flu; this will be reviewed at the end of the week.

Catherine Stokoe, head of infection control for NHS Highland, explained that we are now seeing evidence of flu spreading across the community and that it was everyone’s business to be flu aware.

She said:

“Flu is certainly circulating in the community and with confirmed cases coming into more of our hospitals, as well as care homes reporting confirmed flu; we are keen to limit the spread as much as possible.

“Visiting remains suspended at Raigmore Hospital and it is now restricted in Invergordon.

“We are also asking that anyone visiting other hospitals across the area that it is limited to two visitors per patients, children under the age of 16 are not brought in to visit patients and anyone with flu or respiratory symptoms are advised to stay away.

“By restricting visiting to the affected areas it helps hospital staff protect the health, privacy and dignity of our patients.

“We really do appreciate everyone’s cooperation and understanding at this time.”

For people who are fit and healthy flu, although it can be very unpleasant, is something that you can usually recover from at home.

However, there can be complications of flu.

These mostly affect people in high-risk groups, such as the elderly, pregnant women and those who have a long-term medical condition or weakened immune system.

The flu vaccine is the best defence we have against the spread of flu and it isn’t too late to get vaccinated.

People suffering with flu-like symptoms should cough or sneeze into tissues and bin them immediately, wash their hands regularly with soap and warm water and frequently clean regularly used surfaces to stop the spread of flu.

Avoid having unnecessary contact with other people if you or they have symptoms of flu.



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