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Influenza causing problems for Canberra hospitals

By 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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4 Responses to Influenza causing problems for Canberra hospitals
#1
johnboy10:42 am, 15 Aug 13
#2
CraigT5:25 pm, 15 Aug 13

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.

#3
BimboGeek7:26 pm, 15 Aug 13

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?

#4
screaming banshee8:09 pm, 15 Aug 13

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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