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A&E department on 'code red' after flu outbreak

NHS Grampian has warned people to stay away from Aberdeen Royal Infirmary.

Hospital: Surge in number of flu cases.
Hospital: Surge in number of flu cases. © HEMEDIA / SWNS Group

NHS Grampian has warned people to stay away from Aberdeen Royal Infirmary's A&E department unless absolutely necessary after a surge in the number of flu cases.

The hospital has been placed on "code red", due to the increase in patients being treated.

A higher number of flu cases than usual have been reported throughout the country this year and that is being reflected in hospital population.

A health board spokeswoman said people should consider contacting their GP, pharmacist or NHS 24 and should only go to the hospital in "serious circumstances".

She said: "We have seen a high number of cases of both Influenza A and Influenza B so far this winter.

"Hospitals are often busy at this time of year and Aberdeen Royal Infirmary is no exception.

"A trip to the emergency department should only be made in serious circumstances; your GP, pharmacist or NHS 24 can all offer advice and treatment."

Friends and family of patients have also been reminded they should not visit anyone in hospital if they are unwell themselves.

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