Pandemic Influenza Information

Note: the 2009 influenza pandemic was officially declared as being over on 10th August 2010 by the WHO.

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Up to date information regarding 'Swine Flu' is now available from a variety of sources.

In summary: If you are experiencing flu-like symptoms, please stay at home, or your place of residence, and either call your GP or NHS Direct (0845 4647).

Contact details for GP surgeries in Aberystwyth are as follows:

  • Church Surgery: (01970) 624855
  • Padarn Surgery: (01970) 624545
  • Ystwyth Medical Group: (01970) 613500

Out of hours GP service in Ceredigion can be contacted on 0870 850 9508.

If you would like further information, you are directed as follows:

Further updates will follow, as necessary and in the light of changing circumstances.

Updates

Update 6

Wednesday 14 October 2009

Please note that guidance for members of staff and students at Aberystwyth University is to be found on the Swine Flu Information website http://www.aber.ac.uk/en/emergency/swine-flu/.

The site provides:

  • Advice on what to do if you are experiencing flu-like symptoms.
  • Contact details for local GP surgeries and out of hours GP services in Ceredigion (please note that all students are required to register with a doctor in Aberystwyth).
  • Web links to external information sources such as NHS Direct Wales, the Health Protection Agency, and the Department of Health.

The University has also produced a document 'Pandemic 2009 - Guidance for staff, students and visitors' and a list of frequently asked questions, both of which are available as downloadable PDF files.

In the event of a significant outbreak of Swine Flu at Aberystwyth University, this website will be the principal source of up to date information for staff and students.

In the meantime, staff and students should remember that the highest personal hygiene standards are important in containing, as far as is possible, the spread of the virus.

Dr Catrin Hughes
Registrar and Secretary

Update 5
Thursday 1 October 2009

Members of the University, both staff and students, will be aware of media reports predicting an increase in the number of cases of swine flu over the coming autumn and winter months.

Guidance for members of staff and students at Aberystwyth University is to be found on the Swine Flu Information website http://www.aber.ac.uk/en/emergency/swine-flu/.

The site provides:

  • Advice on what to do if you are experiencing flu-like symptoms.
  • Contact details for local GP surgeries and out of hours GP services in Ceredigion
  • (please note that all students are required to register with a doctor in Aberystwyth).
  • Web links to external information sources such as NHS Direct Wales, the Health Protection Agency, and the Department of Health.

The University has also produced a document 'Pandemic 2009 - Guidance for staff, students and visitors' and a list of frequently asked questions, both of which are available as downloadable PDF files.

In the event of a significant outbreak of Swine Flu at Aberystwyth University this website will be the principal source of up to date information for staff and students.

In the mean time, staff and students should remember that the highest personal hygiene standards are important in containing, as far as is possible, the spread of the virus.

Dr Catrin Hughes
Registrar and Secretary

Update 4
Wednesday 22 July

Pandemic 2009 - Guidance for staff, students & vistors (PDF)
Please find attached the Aberystwyth University Pandemic 2009 Guidance for staff, students and visitors.

All recipients should familiarise themselves with the content of this leaflet which gives guidance on what to do if you develop flu like symptoms, and the structures in place within the University for managing the pandemic.

Dr Catrin Hughes
Registrar and Secretary

Update 3
Friday 17 July

A visitor with symptoms that indicated Swine Flu was resident at Penbryn Halls of Residence earlier this week. A local GP visited the patient and advised that the case should be treated as Swine Flu.

The individual concerned was a member of a visiting group of pupils from a school in the West Midlands. The pupil returned home early. The rest of the group returned as planned on Friday morning.

Members of staff and students who experience flu like symptoms are advised to stay at home, or your place of residence, and either call your GP or NHS Direct on 08 45 46 47.

Visitors to the University who develop flu-like symptoms while attending a residential conference or an event should seek medical advice without delay. Phone the national Swine Flu Information Helpline 0800 1 513 513 for a diagnosis or contact a local GP surgery, explain that you are a visitor and will require temporary registration.

Contact details for GP surgeries in Aberystwyth are as follows:

  1. Church Surgery 01970 624855
  2. Padarn Surgery 01970 624545
  3. Ystwyth Medical Group 01970 613500

Out of hours GP service in Ceredigion can be contacted on 0870 850 9508.

If you are resident in Halls, you should notify the Halls Manager (Tel: 01970 622900) who can help in contacting medical advice. Remain in bed until your symptoms are over.

If you are not resident in Halls, be sure to notify your Conference Organiser who may be able to assist you further.

DO NOT present yourself to Bronglais Hospital, or call an ambulance, unless there are other, serious medical considerations.

Information on Swine Flu is also available from the following sources:

  1. NHS www.nhsdirect.nhs.uk
  2. The Health Protection Agency www.hpa.org.uk
  3. UK Government Department of Health www.dh.gov.uk/en/index.htm
  4. World Health Organisation: www.who.int/en/

Further updates will follow from my office, as necessary and in the light of changing circumstances.

Dr Catrin Hughes
Registrar and Secretary

Update 2
Thursday 30 May 2009

From: Dr Catrin Hughes, University Registrar & Secretary
To: All staff and students

Up to date information regarding Swine Flu is now available from a variety of sources.

In summary: If you have recently returned from Mexico or other affected countries and have flu-like symptoms, please stay at home, or your place of residence, and either call your GP or NHS Direct on 0845 4647.

If you wish further information, you are directed as follows:

  1. For information from National Health Service, see:www.nhsdirect.nhs.uk
  2. For information from the Health Protection Agency, see:http://www.hpa.org.uk/webw/HPAweb&Page&HPAwebAutoListName/Page/1240732817665?p=1240732817665
  3. For information from UK Government, see Dept of Health at:www.dh.gov.uk/en/
  4. For information regarding UK Universities, see:www.dius.gov.uk (available from 1/5/09)
  5. For information on the global situation, see World Health Organisation at:www.who.int/en/

Further updates will follow from my office, as necessary and in the light of changing circumstances.

Dr Catrin Hughes

Update 1
Tuesday 28 April 2009

From: Dr Catrin Hughes, University Registrar & Secretary
To: All staff and students

Swine Flu
Many of you may be aware that there has been an outbreak of Swine Flu in Mexico. There is international concern that this could lead to a global pandemic. For up-to-date information and advice please go to www.hpa.org.uk which is the web site for the Health Protection Agency.

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