Help us to help you this winter

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Help Doctor Flu - and exterminate flu bugs this winter

Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is calling on staff to “exterminate” flu this winter – and it wants the public to do the same.

Flu - who is vulnerable

Dr Chris Smith, consultant virologist at CUH Addenbrooke’s, explains why people over 65, pregnant women, adults with an underlying health condition and carers are more at risk of catching the flu virus.

Stay well and warm this winter

Getting a flu jab and following some simple tips on keeping warm can help vulnerable people stay well this winter.

Like all hospitals, we face increased pressure during the winter months. The number of patients arriving with more serious conditions goes up, bugs like flu or norovirus are on the rise and there are the inevitable slips and falls in icy weather.

How can you help?

Some winter conditions can be more serious for those aged 65 and over, the very young or anyone with a long-term health condition. To help look after you and those you care for, learn more about staying well this winter.

You could also consider getting a flu vaccination, which is free for vulnerable groups, familiarise yourself with your own local medical services and stock up your medicine cabinet at home.

Do you need to be here?

If your condition is not life threatening then there may be a more suitable service available. Help us to reduce the pressure on our emergency department by choosing well:

Choose well – which service is right for you?

How do we manage?

The increase in emergency admissions puts pressure on the beds allocated for elective or non-emergency procedures. In extreme circumstances, we have to cancel these pre-planned operations so we can give the beds to patients with more immediate needs.

We have a well-rehearsed winter plan to help us manage these pressures. The focus is on freeing as many beds as possible and ensuring all our patients are in the right place at the right time for the level of care they require. The plan incorporates everything from flu vaccinations for staff and creating a dedicated flu ward to publicising hand hygiene advice and enforcing strict infection control measures.

We are constantly improving the quality of our processes, treatments and the speed at which patients can recover. We work hard to get our patients home or into appropriate on-going accommodation and care as quickly as possible.

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