Chinese novel coronavirus and avian flu - Advice for patients and visitors coming to New Victoria Hospital

Published: 15 February 2020

Following guidance from Public Health England, please consider the following before coming to New Victoria Hospital:

  • Please don’t come in to the Hospital if you have travelled to mainland China in the last 14 days and have a sore throat, cough or flu symptoms.
  • Please stay at home and call NHS 111 for medical advice if you are worried you may be infected with novel coronavirus.
  • If you are seriously unwell and require urgent medical attention please call 999.

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At present, suspected cases are defined as:

  • acute respiratory infection of any degree of severity (including at least one of: shortness of breath, cough or sore throat)
  • or severe acute respiratory infection requiring admission to hospital, with clinical or radiological evidence of pneumonia or acute respiratory distress syndrome
  • and have lived or travelled in Wuhan/Hubei Province in the 14 days before onset of illness, or are contacts of a confirmed case of Wuhan novel coronavirus.

As we are also in the middle of the flu season, please follow this advice:

  • If you have flu it is important that you do not visit anyone in hospital or a residential care setting.
  • Always use a disposable tissue to cover your mouth or nose whenever you cough or sneeze, and also when you wipe or blow your nose. Throw tissues in the bin once they have been used. Avoid touching your nose and mouth
  • Always wash your hands after sneezing, coughing, wiping or blowing your nose, when you have helped a child or someone else to do this, and also after coming into contact with droplets coughed or sneezed out by another person.
  • Wash your hands before and after any contact with a person with flu (and their bed area if you are caring for someone with flu in their home).