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Staff vaccinated after swine flu outbreak at Leicester hospital

Swine flu vaccine Credit: PA

Frontline staff at the Leicester Royal Infirmary have been vaccinated after a swine flu outbreak on a children's ward.

Six children at the hospital were found to have contracted swine flu and have been treated with anti-viral medication.

Three remain in isolation but the ward affected has reopened. One patient has been discharged and two others transferred to other wards.

Swine Flu: Hospital Statement

A small number of patients on ward 12 at the Royal were recently diagnosed with flu. Those affected received appropriate treatment and were nursed separately from other patients. As a result of vigilance and we were able to bring it under control promptly. There have been no new cases in the last three days and this outbreak is now considered to be resolved.”

We ask visitors who have cold and flu symptoms, such as a cough, runny nose or high temperature, to stay away from the hospital to avoid passing on their infections to our patients.”

– Dr David Jenkins, Leicester’s Hospitals

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Swine flu outbreak at Leicester Hospital

Six children have been diagnosed with swine flu at Leicester Royal Infirmary Credit: ITV News Central

Bosses at the Leicester Royal Infirmary have confirmed to ITV News that six children have been treated for Swine Flu.

All of those affected are said to be recovering, but three remain in isolation

When the outbreak occured, Ward 12, was closed but reopened on Tuesday 18th February.

Scottish woman being treated for swine flu in Leicester

A woman is in a critical but stable condition at Glenfield Hospital in Leicester after contracting a form of swine flu.

Jennifer Scott, who is 27 and from Sanquhar in Dumfriesshire, was transferred by helicopter from Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary earlier this week.

The Scottish Sun reports Ms Scott was pregnant and collapsed during her mother's funeral, adding that doctors performed an emergency caesarian section before Ms Scott was airlifted to Leicester.

"We can confirm that the patient has been transferred to Glenfield Hospital and is currently on a ECMO machine in ITU.

"The patient was flown to Glenfield Hospital as it is one of a limited number of hospitals in the UK that has this specialist piece of equipment. The patient is currently in a critical but stable condition."

– University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust spokesperson