Health Service urging people with flu-like symptoms to avoid sharing it with others

Late influx of flu like illness in Broken Hill area

The Broken Hill Health Service is asking people who are unwell with flu-like symptoms to stay home and avoid sharing their illness with others.

The Hospital is operating at close to capacity with an increase in people admitted with flu-like respiratory infections that complicate other health conditions.

“This late influx of respiratory infections is affecting all ages and many of the hospital wards are currently full,” said Ms Lindy Harkness, Director of Nursing and Midwifery, Broken Hill Health Service.

“This is a seasonal affect that has been seen earlier in metropolitan areas and will pass soon, as the weather becomes milder.

“We are asking people if you find yourself unwell with a cold or flu-like symptoms, don’t ‘share your infection’ but rather stay home and drink plenty of fluids, stay warm and rest.  Eat small and regular meals and return to normal activity gradually, once you have recovered,” said Ms Harkness.

Respiratory infections can pose increased risk for people with a chronic illness, babies and small children, the elderly and pregnant women.

“If you remain unwell or find you are getting worse please see your GP,” said Ms Harkness.

“The Health Service would also like to take this opportunity to remind people that the Emergency Department is for emergency situations. However, if it is an emergency, you are advised to call Triple Zero and seek immediate help.

“We are asking the community to please be patient, and we will endeavour to avoid appointment cancellations where ever possible.”

 

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