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North East regional flu figures: week three

Thursday, 01 February, 2018

Following on from nationally released figures by Public Health England, NHS trusts from across the North East today share their own latest flu data

While this winter has been extremely busy across health services – exacerbated by outbreaks of norovirus and flu in some areas – NHS hospitals continue to perform well and deliver safe, high-quality patient care.

The figures include (correct on publication) the number of confirmed cases within each trust and the number of new cases within the last 24 hours.

This information will be issued every Thursday at approximately 11:30; initially on the Northumbria Healthcare website.


Country Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust:

  • 41 confirmed inpatient cases
  • 6 new cases in the last 24 hours

North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust:

  • 19 confirmed inpatient cases
  • 2 new cases in the last 24 hours

City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust:

  • 37 confirmed inpatient cases
  • 5 new cases in the last 24 hours

South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust:

  • 7 confirmed inpatient cases
  • 1 new cases in the last 24 hours

Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust:

  • 10 confirmed inpatient cases
  • 1 new cases in the last 24 hours

South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust:

  • 42 confirmed inpatient cases
  • 0 new cases in the last 24 hours

Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust:

  • 31 confirmed inpatient cases
  • 5 new cases in the last 24 hours

Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust:

  • 30 confirmed inpatient cases
  • 4 new cases in the last 24 hours

North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust:

  • 86 confirmed inpatient cases
  • 2 new case in the last 24 hours

For further queries regarding individual trusts, please contact them directly.

A joint statement on behalf of all NHS providers in the region said:

“There is a lot of flu out in the community at the moment and over the past few weeks, we have seen a significant rise in the number of people who are seriously affected by the virus and have required hospital admission.  This includes some patients needing ventilation and help with their breathing.

“The flu vaccine is the best protection we have against the seasonal flu virus which can cause severe illness and even deaths for those who are most vulnerable.  It is really important that everyone who is eligible, including all frontline NHS staff, get the flu jab ASAP to protect themselves and others.

“For everyone else, although flu is a nasty virus it will get better without the need to attend hospital – if you need advice the pharmacist or 111 offer the best approach. Flu is highly infectious and we are urging people with symptoms to stay away from hospital to help ease the pressure on our busy teams and stop the virus spreading.

“Meanwhile to help ensure that patients who really need emergency care receive the quickest possible treatment, members of the public should only dial 999 or attend emergency care for serious medical emergencies.”

For more information on flu, how to avoid it and what to do if you get it please see here.

And remember ‘Catch it, Bin it, Kill it