Call for caution after spate of respiratory conditions at Stanthorpe Hospital

WATCH OUT: There have been a number of recent cases of pneumonia at Stanthorpe Hospital.
WATCH OUT: There have been a number of recent cases of pneumonia at Stanthorpe Hospital. Linden Morris

THE region's health service has urged residents to take care after a spate of patients were admitted to Stanthorpe Hospital with respiratory conditions in recent weeks.

A Darling Downs Hospital and Health Service spokesperson said there had been 35 admissions to Stanthorpe Hospital of patients with a range of respiratory conditions in the six weeks to September 15.

"These conditions cover a broad spectrum of respiratory illness including asthma, bronchiolitis, croup, chronic airflow limitations, pneumonia, influenza, pertussis and upper respiratory tract infection,” the spokesperson said.

"As is the case with facilities across the state, Stanthorpe Hospital is experiencing a busy 2016 flu season, however this number of presentations over this time frame is not considered unusual.”

The spokesperson said some of the conditions which had been diagnosed were "highly contagious and easily transmitted”.

He urged people to do the following to help to minimise the spread of transmittable illnesses during flu season:

. Wash your hands thoroughly

. Use a tissue when coughing or sneezing

. Dispose of used tissues immediately

. See your GP if you are experiencing flu-like symptoms

. Stay at home if you are unwell, to avoid further spread of the illness

Topics:  flu season, health, stanthorpe hospital

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