Bugs put strain on hospitals

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FLU, bugs and the cold weather are putting Sheffield hospitals under pressure.

Managers this week appealed for public help in response to a record breaking busy period which saw more than 700 people attend A&E at the Northern General over two days and a 43% increase in emergency admissions for orthopaedic patients.

Trust deputy chief operating officer Richard Parker said: “A culmination of factors, including the cold weather and an increase in diarrhoea and sickness and flu bugs in the community has meant we have been busier than usual.

“Our staff are working extremely hard and coping with the extra demand but the situation is being compounded because we have had to close some wards to new patients because of the sickness and diarrhoea bug which is prevalent in the community at present.”

People are being asked not to visit hospital if they have had any symptoms of diarrhoea, vomiting or flu in the previous 72 hours, and only to attend A&E in an emergency.