Type keywords in the text box above.
 

Don't spread the bugs

09 Oct 2012 13:33:30


It may feel like we haven’t even had a summer in the UK but as we brace ourselves for colder climes TRFT is reminding people not to spread the flu virus by coming to A&E.

Rotherham Hospital, part of The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust (TRFT), A&E staff treat emergency patients every day, such as people who have had a car accident, a heart attack or a serious fall. So when people attend A&E with less serious complaints like a winter bug they can be putting the lives of elderly and vulnerable patients at risk.

Dr Simon McCormick, a consultant in the Emergency Department says: “No matter how many times this message goes out we still get people with winter bugs visiting the hospital and particularly A&E. This puts vulnerable patients and our staff who deal with them at risk of catching the virus. For most people the flu, coughs and colds are just unpleasant but for those who are already ill in hospital and elderly people they can actually be life threatening. We all have a responsibility to patients already in A&E and the staff treating them to make sure we don’t spread the bugs to them and that we choose our care well throughout the year.”

For more information about how to choose a care provider more effectively please go to http://www.choosewell.org.uk/.

If anyone is unsure where to go, or they need help assessing how urgently treatment is needed, NHS Direct is always available on 0845 4647.

Patients in Rotherham can also call 0333 321 8282 a designated telephone line which has been put in place to help members of the public to decide where is the best place to get treatment. Lines are open 24 hours a day 7 days a week.

Also at this time of year, the instances of people becoming unwell with the ‘Winter Vomiting
Disease’ norovirus increases. Symptoms include vomiting often sudden and “projectile”), raised temperature, headaches and aching limbs. The Trust advises anyone with symptoms including diarrhoea and/ or vomiting to stay at home to avoid spreading the virus to patients, other people and vulnerable groups in our communities.

Although it can be very unpleasant, the illness is generally short-lived and most people make a full recovery within a few days. If you think you may be affected by norovirus, stay at home and use the symptom checker on the NHS Direct website, which is also available on web-enabled mobile phones.

Just go to www.nhs.uk/nhsdirect from any web browser or from your mobile. If symptoms worsen or persist for more than 48 hours, if you are a senior citizen or have a long term condition making you particularly vulnerable to infection, you can contact your family doctor or take advice from NHS Direct on 0845 4647.
 

Latest News

Our latest news.

 

Our Twitter Feed

@RotherhamNHS_FT
We've tweeted 6198 times so far!
@RotherhamNHS_FT
We've tweeted 6198 times so far!
  • Connect Healthcare Rotherham @RotherhamCIC  We have appointments available on Evenings and Weekends throughout the Christmas Period.
    Thu Dec 13 15:33:50
  • TRFT Charity @TRFT_Charity  The @OfficialRUFC team are all set to visit our patients at #Rotherham Hospital & to spread some festive cheer today. Come & say hello & Merry #Christmas if you're here too! #ChristmasIsComing #ChristmasCountdown #rotherhamiswonderful
    Thu Dec 13 15:04:37
  • James Short @JamesShort16  Christmas dinner with the team! Here’s to 2019! 🎄🎄🎄 @RotherhamNHS
    Thu Dec 13 15:02:40
  • SouthYorkshirePolice @syptweet  . @SYPRotherham and @RotherhamNHS_FT are joining forces this festive season to help keep members of the public safe and protect those working on the NHS front-line from abuse. Read more: https://t.co/coVHqZce4F
    Thu Dec 13 15:01:58
  • NHS England North @NHSEnglandNorth  Rotherham Hospital has introduced Trusted Assessors in A&E. They facilitate the timely discharge of patients, with home becoming the default pathway where admission had been unavoidable Once home, these patients receive support from locality therapy teams @RotherhamNHS_FT
    Thu Dec 13 13:51:00