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Precautionary measures when visiting a patient with flu

Are you intending on visiting someone who has flu at the hospital? If so, we recommend that you follow these precautionary measures to protect yourself and your loved ones against the flu this winter:

  • Wear protective clothing if you are visiting - even if you have already been exposed to flu.
  • Staff will ask you to wear an apron, gloves and a face mask. The mask should be tied securely with the outer coloured side visible when worn
  • When removing the apron and gloves please do so inside the room. Before you leave wash your hands with soap and water or use alcohol hand rub
  • Remove your mask outside and discard into the orange bin by the door. It is important to use alcohol hand rub again as you may pick up virus from touching the mask
  • Avoid using the Dolphin restaurant after visiting patients with infections that require single rooms
  • Do not visit if you have flu-like symptoms or diarrhoea and/or vomiting
  • If you are visiting more than one patient please ask a member of staff for advice about how to do this safely.

Do you have flu? These are the some of the symptoms that you may have:

  • Headache
  • Body aches and pains
  • High fever 
  • Dry cough, sore throat, runny nose and sneezing
  • Lethargy.

If you have these symptoms, please avoid visiting the hospital in person until you are free of symptoms for 48 hours.

Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Longfleet Road, Poole, Dorset BH15 2JB. Tel: 01202 665511

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