DOCTORS have praised Frodsham and Helsby residents for keeping their cool amid global panic over the swine flu pandemic.
GPs at both The Knoll and Rock Surgeries in Frodsham have issued anti-viral drugs to just a handful of people since the start of the public health scare.
Halton Hospital in Runcorn, one of the main general hospitals serving the Frodsham and Helsby area, has reported a ‘rapid increase’ in the number of people attending its Minor Injuries Unit concerned over swine flu in the last few weeks.
Doctors at the Helsby and Elton GP Practice have issued Tamiflu vouchers to 45 of their 8,600 registered patients since the start of the pandemic in early May.
Paul Smith, practice manager said: “Some GP surgeries up and down the country have had to deal with up to 300 calls from patients.
“So far, there’s not been a lot of people presenting with swine flu symptoms and thankfully we’ve not been inundated.”
Only 30 of the 11,700 patients registered at The Knoll have telephoned doctors concerned they had contracted the disease and about 12 of them, ‘of all ages’, were issued with special authorisation to collect the Tamiflu drug.
This was from Monday last week to when the national Pandemic Flu Service was launched last Thursday.
Rock Surgery practice manager, Marion Cooper, added: “We have encountered very low levels of contacts from patients regarding swine flu and there has been none at all since the flu line opened.”
Elton GP Practice Manager, Chris Ashbrook, said: “We had no real issues workload-wise until last week, a very busy period when doctors were having to make an average of 20 extra telephone calls a day to patients.”
The National Pandemic Flu Service is on 0800 1 513 100.
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