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Influenza causing problems for Canberra hospitals

By Barcham - 15 August 2013 4

A spike in influenza cases is causing problems for Canberra’s two hospital emergency departments, reports ABC News.

“The flu is a little bit later this year than usual and we’ve just seen the number increase over the last couple of weeks,” said ACT Health director-general Dr Peggy Brown.

Dr Brown is urging people with minor ailments to avoid using the emergency departments.

“The emergency departments are really for emergencies and life-threatening situations, if people have a more minor illness there are a range of other options available for them to seek care in the first instance,” she said.

She says alternatives include the nurse-led walk-in clinic and after-hours GPs.

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Influenza causing problems for Canberra hospitals
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johnboy 10:42 am
15 Aug 13
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CraigT 5:25 pm
15 Aug 13
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Well, we can’t offer timely A&E care, nor cope with an extra 3 flu cases on a Monday, but at least we have ginormous Art all over town and a well-funded Centenary project.

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BimboGeek 7:26 pm
15 Aug 13
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Maybe they should be teaching these things in school. These are the signs that you might need to go to hospital and these are the signs you might need a panadol.

Otherwise where will anyone learn the difference?

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screaming banshee 8:09 pm
15 Aug 13
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BimboGeek said :

Maybe they should be teaching these things in school. These are the signs that you might need to go to hospital and these are the signs you might need a panadol.

Otherwise where will anyone learn the difference?

I would suggest at home but then Giulia jones

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