THE Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust has denied setting up swine flu assessment bays as hospitals in the region, including Solihull Hospital, to cope with an increase of worried visitors to their A & E departments.
The West Midlands which is the worst affected area in the UK, confirmed a further 98 cases of the disease in the past 24 hours but the Trust, who have responsibility for Heartlands Hospital, Solihull Hospital and Good Hope Hospital, said there were designated areas where people worried about swine flu were being assessed.
A spokeswoman said: “We have seen an increased surge in the ‘worried well’. On all three sites we have sectioned off an area for those who are coming in but it’s not a centre and it’s not permanent. A huge percentage are being turned away.”
What we are seeing is only a mild strain. There may be a slight surge in the winter months. The advice is number one, don’t panic. You have to have a fever over 38 degrees and two or more of the normal flu-like symptons like a runny nose, a cough or diarrohea. Then contact NHS Direct and stay at home. Don’t come into A&E.”
NHS Direct is available on 0845 46 47.