Flu, Norovirus and A&E: Information for patients

Tuesday January 16, 2018

If you’ve recently experienced flu like symptoms, diarrhoea or vomiting, please do not visit our hospitals in Chichester, Worthing and Shoreham until 48 hours after your symptoms have cleared – thank you. This helps to protect our patients from viruses such as influenza or norovirus.

Should you need to rearrange an appointment or procedure with us, please call 01273 446 067 or email WSHT.Outpatients@nhs.net

Thank you


You can often treat the flu without seeing your GP and should begin to feel better in about a week.

Check if you have flu

Flu symptoms come on very quickly and can include:

  • a sudden fever – a temperature of 38C or above, aching body, feeling tired or exhausted, dry chesty cough, sore throat, headache, difficulty sleeping, loss of appetite, diarrhoea or tummy pain, nausea and being sick.

The symptoms are similar for children, but they can also get pain in their ear and appear less active.

How to treat flu yourself

To help you get better more quickly:

  • rest and sleep, keep warm, take paracetamol or ibuprofen to lower your temperature and treat aches and pains, drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration (your pee should be light yellow or clear).

See your GP if:

  • your symptoms don’t improve after 7 days, you’re worried about your child’s symptoms, you’re 65 or over, you’re pregnant, you have a long-term medical condition – for example, diabetes or a heart, lung, kidney or neurological disease, you have a weakened immune system – for example, because of chemotherapy or HIV


Please do not visit any hospitals if you have diarrhoea or vomiting. Norovirus is an unpleasant virus, especially for people who are already unwell. Stay away for 48 hours. For more information click the banner below.


Our A&E staff are working very hard to treat patients quickly. You can help by only coming in to our emergency departments in a real emergency.



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