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Welsh minister admits Wales behind England
24/07/2009, 9:58 am
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“Wales is well behind the curve compared to areas of England…” began the Welsh health minister, Edwina Hart. Had she taken some kind of truth serum? No, she continued “…in terms of the numbers of swine flu cases.”

The decision not to join the pandemic flu hotline at the moment seems sensible – existing primary care providers can deal with the cases in Wales so far.

But Disgusted in a little concerned by this advice from Edwina Hart:

“People with flu-like symptoms should not go to their A&E, local GP or pharmacy in case they spread the virus to others. Such visits cause undue pressure and potential delay for other patients who are in need of emergency services.”

Swine flu cases can be managed from the home quite easily. And, of course, time-wasters with non-serious conditions always need to be discouraged . For instance, whenever there’s a survey about calls to 999 there’s always a shocking number of vexatious busybodies calling about a paper cut or to say they’re lost and can’t find their way home. But there is also meningitis, which produces symptoms that can easily be mistaken in these hysterical times for swine flu.

Time is of the essence in diagnosing and treating meningitis, so people ought not to feel like they’re undermining the war effort by presenting themselves to A&E in cases of genuine medical emergency.


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God, is this how we are judging our own performance? With England? One of the least happy places in Europe with crap public services and imperial pretentions. What about comparing us with similar small nations for a change? Then we would see how bad British government was for us.

Comment by Pelagius

We, at the Meningitis Trust, are urging everybody not to mistake the signs and symptoms of meningitis with that of swine flu.

Whilst they can both start out with common flu-like symptoms, differentiating them can be potentially life-saving as meningitis can strike in minutes and kill within hours.

Recognising the symptoms of meningitis can be difficult as many of its symptoms are similar to swine flu. The rash that is commonly associated with meningitis doesn’t appear in all cases, so it is vital that people are aware of the other symptoms.

Rapid deterioration will take hold if left untreated – symptoms can appear together and some may not appear at all. They include fever (possibly with cold hands and feet), headache, stiff neck, dislike of bright lights, drowsiness, joint pain, vomiting, diarrhoea and confusion. In babies, an unusual cry, dislike of being handled and refusing feeds are also signs that can point to meningitis. If in doubt, always seek urgent medical advice.

We produce and distribute FREE credit card sized symptoms cards for people to keep in their wallets and purses. To request these, call our freephone 24-hour nurse-led helpline on 0800 028 18 28 or visit our website at http://www.meningitis-trust.org

We are urging everyone to Trust their instincts – if people are concerned about their own, or someone else’s health, they must seek medical attention immediately.

NHS Direct has an online symptoms checker to help differentiate meningitis and swine flu http://www.nhsdirect.nhs.uk

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