St Luke's Hospital, Kilkenny
Visiting restrictions remain in place for inpatient wards as St Luke's General Hospital continue to have patients being treated for flu.
St Luke's General Hospital strongly advise visitors not to visit patients on wards, with some exceptions as follows:
Close relatives visiting patients who are receiving end of life care
Close relatives of critically ill patients
Close relatives of patients who are confused /dementia and their presence is deemed necessary by ward staff
Parents visiting children in the paediatric unit
Partners of women in the labour ward
The hospital is appealing to adults and children who are experiencing flu symptoms to contact their GP/pharmacist in the first instance. Please note that there are no visitor restrictions in the outpatient service department and patients should attend for outpatient department clinic appointments as normal.
Hospital management apologises for the inconvenience to patients and visitors and thanks the public for their cooperation at this time.
The care and safety of patients, staff and members of the public are in all circumstances the hospital’s most important priority.
Management would ask that, where possible, patients with flu-like illness / cold symptoms telephone their GP/or pharmacist in the first instance to seek the best advice, rather than presenting at the hospital.
In addition, people due to attend the hospital for an outpatient clinic appointment during the current week who may have symptoms of flu are advised to check with the hospital before attending as an appointment may need to be rescheduled in order to prevent the further spread of flu to both patients and staff.
People in high-risk groups are again encouraged (if they have not already done so) to avail of the flu vaccine from their GP or pharmacist.
All those aged 65 years and older
People including children with chronic illness requiring regular medical follow-up such as chronic lung disease, chronic heart disease, chronic neurological disorders, neurodevelopmental disorders and diabetes
Those with lower immunity due to disease or treatment and all cancer patients
All pregnant women. The vaccine can be given safely at any stage of pregnancy.
Those with morbid obesity i.e. Body Mass Index ≥ 40
Residents of nursing homes, old people's homes and other long stay facilities
Healthcare workers and carers of those in at-risk groups
Symptoms of Flu
The symptoms of influenza usually develop over a matter of a few hours and include a high temperature, sore muscles, dry cough, headache and sore throat.
This is different from the common cold, which tends to come on more gradually and usually includes a runny nose and a normal temperature.
How to Care for Flu
Those individuals in the ‘at risk’ groups can get the vaccine for free as they are at much greater risk of becoming seriously unwell if they catch flu, with many ending up in hospital.
Most people, unless they are in an ‘at risk’ group, can get better themselves at home. Advice, tips, information and videos on getting over flu and other common illnesses are available at https://www2.hse.ie/under-the-weather/
The site, developed by the HSE along with GPs and pharmacists, is a great resource for people to get advice and get better.
Anyone who gets flu should stay at home, rest, drink plenty of fluids and use over-the-counter remedies like paracetamol to ease symptoms.
Anyone in one of the high-risk groups should contact their GP if they develop influenza symptoms. If you need to visit your GP or the Emergency Department, please phone first to explain that you might have flu.
Stopping Flu from Spreading
Covering your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough and sneeze, disposing of the tissue as soon as possible and cleaning your hands as soon as you can are important measures in helping prevent the spread of influenza and other germs and reducing the risk of transmission.