Ill people urged to stay away

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PEOPLE with flu or diarrhoea and vomiting are being reminded to stay away from hospitals, even if they have an appointment.

NHS Northamptonshire is asking people to treat themselves at home with rest and plenty of fluids instead of visiting the hospital in case they infect other vulnerable patients.

The primary care trust is urging people to choose the right healthcare provider for the treatment they need rather than visiting accident and emergency.

About 65,000 people who attended accident and emergency departments in the county last year were sent away without treatment at a cost of £3.4m.

In emergencies such as heavy blood loss, chest pains, loss of consciousness or broken bones, always call 999 or visit accident and emergency.

Dr Jonathan Ireland, emergency planning lead for the Northamptonshire local medical committee, said: “In most instances, there are a range of alternative services you could use, from minor injury units to walk in centres, GPs and pharmacies.”