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Press release – December 31 2019
Elderly and frail people who have gone down with the flu or respiratory illnesses are being urged to ensure they are staying hydrated by drinking at least six-eight glasses of water a day.
With flu circulating in the community, and a number of patients with flu being cared for at Hereford County Hospital, health bosses are advising that by staying hydrated, you might just avoid a stay in hospital.
“It’s usually a summer message, but it applies equally if you are frail or elderly, and particularly if you have flu-like symptoms or have respiratory issues, you must keep yourself hydrated,” said A&E consultant Dr Rachel McColm.
“Even slight dehydration can exacerbate the effects of flu or a respiratory illness meaning you might need to visit hospital.
“If you drink around six to eight glasses of water a day, this could make a real difference. In addition, taking paracetamol or ibuprofen can also reduce your temperature and ease any aches and pains,” added Rachel.
There is also an important message for people with relatives or neighbours who are frail and elderly.
“This is the time of year when we need to keep an eye out on those who are more at risk. The message is a simple one – pop round to check that they are ok and that they are staying hydrated by drinking around six-eight glasses of water a day,” said Dr David Mowbray, Medical Director at the Trust.
The Emergency Department at Hereford County Hospital has been busy for several months with attendances expected to peak in the week or two after Christmas and the New Year.
“By staying hydrated you could prevent a trip to the Emergency Department or even a stay in hospital.
“It’s a simple step, but it really can make a big difference.”
Notes to Editors WVT:
- Wye Valley NHS Trust is a provider of health services across Herefordshire and beyond. The Trust exists to improve the wellbeing, independence and health of the people we serve.
- By working closely with our partners, we can make good our promise to deliver a quality of care we would want for ourselves, our families and our friends.
- With an estimated annual turnover of around £185 million, we employ around 3,000 staff. We aim to build new relationships between our staff, patients, service users and their carers with the wider community.
For further information please contact:
Fiona Gurney, communications officer, or John Burnett, Communication and Engagement Manager, Wye Valley NHS Trust: 01432 372928