Flu: information for patients and visitors

Wednesday 18th December 2019

Flu: information for patients and visitors

Please do not visit the hospital if you are or have been unwell with flu-like symptoms in the last seven days.

There has been an increase in the number of people in the community with flu, particularly in Sussex. Flu is very uncomfortable for people who are otherwise well but can be fatal for people with serious health problems in hospital.

If you have had flu-like symptoms plus a fever and/or any two of the following symptoms in the past seven days please do not visit our hospital, or relatives and friends who are inpatients on our wards:

  • Fever (38 degrees C)
  • Shortness of breath or cough
  • Headache
  • Runny nose
  • Sore throat
  • Fatigue
  • Aching limbs
  • Lack of appetite
  • Diarrhoea
  • Stomach cramps.

Routine outpatient appointment

If you’ve had any of the above symptoms in the past seven days, please reschedule your appointment.

Due to be admitted to hospital

Please call the number in your admission letter or the ward where you are being admitted and explain your symptoms.

Have you had your flu vaccination?

You can help us to protect our staff and patients by having the flu vaccination. If you have not had your vaccination yet please speak to your GP or local pharmacist. You can find more information about the flu virus on the NHS website.