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Hospital extremely busy with flu-like symptoms and diarrhoea and vomiting

10 Dec 2019 09:12:08


Rotherham Hospital is seeing record numbers of people using it’s emergency services, including Rotherham Hospital’s Urgent and Emergency Care Centre.

Over the weekend the hospital on Moorgate Road saw lots of patients with flu-like symptoms and diarrhoea and vomiting and as a result has placed restrictions on visits to Rotherham Hospital to help stop the spread of these seasonal conditions. Our message to the public is:  

  • Please only visit a family member or friend in hospital if it is absolutely essential
  • Children and pregnant women are asked not to visit the hospital

Last week the hospital saw a record number of patients attend its UECC, with over 360 patients being seen in one day. Figures that are reflected from health services and hospitals across our region.

A spokesperson for The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust explained: “A&E is not always the best place to be. Please only come to hospital in a life-threatening situation. Our Urgent and Emergency Care Centre at Rotherham Hospital for urgent care such as broken bones, severe burns and scalds or a serious wound.” 

There are five things people can do if they have flu-like symptoms.  

Pharmacists. Can provide you with  help and advice on a range of common conditions and minor injuries. Many are open late, also on weekends and Bank Holidays and most now have a private consultation area to discuss your issues and concerns in private.  

GP appointments. This includes out of hours appointments in the evening and at weekends - which are offered at locations across Rotherham. Contact your GP surgery or download the Rotherham Health App for more information. GP appointments for injuries or illnesses that aren’t getting better; such as a persistent cough, ear ache and stomach pains etc.  

NHS 111. Call111 or visit www.111.nhs.uk if you’re not sure what to do or the best service for you. The 24-hour service provides confidential health advice and if required, advisors are able to arrange out- of-hours appointments with a GP - which in Rotherham are usually at an allocated time in the Urgent and Emergency Care Centre in Rotherham Hospital.  

Wash your hands. Washing your hands thoroughly with soap and water to help stop the spread of flu, coughs and colds and diarrhoea and vomiting.  

Get a flu jab. Get your free flu jab if you are eligible. Your pharmacist of GP surgery will be able to give you more information.