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Flu and Cold sufferers can help ease pressure on our hospitals – Sinn Féin

6 January, 2009 - by Michelle O'Neill

Sinn Féin MLA and deputy Chair of the Assembly's Health Committee Michelle O'Neil has expressed concern at the increased levels of flu admission to hospitals throughout the Six Counties and the impact this could have on surgical operations in the time ahead.

Ms O'Neil said,

"Most people will be aware that flu is on the increase lately and will probably have a relative, friend or neighbour suffering from it at the moment. This increase is putting our hospitals under further pressure, with two hospitals in the Northern Trust area cancelling non-urgent elective surgery in order to deal with the increase in admissions from flu and chest infections.

"I would urge people to take care and evaluate very carefully whether or not their symptoms warrant them going to the hospital or whether they can visit their pharmacist or local GP. Obviously if they do feel they need to visit the hospital then they should go there right away, but I believe we can all play our part in helping to alleviate some of the pressure on our hospitals throughout the North.

"People should continue to take care through the winter months, particularly as the current cold snap continues." CRÍOCH

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