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Leicester hospital shuts wards after swine flu found

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Three wards at Leicester Royal Infirmary have been closed after 14 patients were diagnosed with swine flu.

Nurses and other staff are getting vaccinated and taking extra infection control precautions at the hospital, which is run by University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust.

The patients, who are suffering from the H1N1 strain of influenza, which caused a pandemic in 2009, were isolated earlier in the week to prevent the virus spreading.

“Fourteen patients on three haematology wards at Leicester Royal Infirmary have developed symptoms that have been confirmed as flu,” said lead nurse for infection prevention Liz Collins.

“All necessary precautions were taken and these patients have been isolated to avoid an outbreak,” she told the BBC yesterday.

In an update today, a spokesman for the trust said three of the patients had now gone home, but 11 flu patients remained at the hospital.

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The three wards would stay closed to admissions over the weekend, he told Nursing Times.

Hospital managers said as many staff as possible would be vaccinated against flu and staff would wear masks, gloves and gowns on the wards. The affected areas have also undergone additional cleaning.

Another three people at the trust’s Glenfield Hospital also have swine flu but these cases are not linked to those at the Royal Infirmary.

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  • Everyone needs to take extra precautions around this. I had Swine Flu last time it did the rounds and was off for 3 weeks, severely ill! This could have a massive impact to the NHS staffing levels. Find a sanitiser that kills swine flu immediately, there is not alot on the internet: Nilaqua and Germstar seem to be the only ones.

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