Doctor’s flu alert: stay clear of hospitals to protect our patients

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PEOPLE feeling unwell – especially with flu-like symptoms – should avoid visiting friends and family in hospital to limit the spread of the virus.

That’s the plea from Peninsula Health, which is urging members of the public to take sensible steps to stop the spread of germs. Those feeling unwell should see their doctor for treatment and minimise their exposure to others.

“This is the worst flu season this decade,” Peninsula Health’s executive director of medical services Dr Tim Williams said.

“It is vital that we do all we can to keep the patients that we have in our hospitals and rehabilitation services flu-free.

“Some of our patients are quite unwell and are susceptible to contracting the flu, which could cause very serious complications.

“So, those feeling unwell are asked to please stay at home and avoid visiting our hospitals or rehabilitation services.”

To minimise the risk of contracting the virus wash your hands frequently with soap and water, throw away tissues after use, clean frequently-used surfaces and avoid sharing cups, plates and cutlery without washing.

“Everyone should consider a flu jab at the start of each winter to further increase their protection. It is still not too late to receive a flu shot now,” Dr Williams said.

Peninsula Health runs Frankston and Rosebud hospitals, and rehabilitation services at The Mornington Centre and at Golf Links Rd in Frankston.

First published in the Mornington News – 12 September 2017

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