MacKinnon Memorial Hospital in Skye remains closed to new admissions following a flu outbreak, NHS Highland stated today (Tuesday 16 January.)
Four patients have now tested positive for flu and there are a number of patients experiencing respiratory symptoms.
Yet while the Broadford hospital is also closed to visitors, the A&E and out-patients departments remain open.
Dr Willem Nel, NHS Highland’s Rural Practitioner and clinical lead for Skye, Lochalsh & Wester Ross, said: “The Memorial Hospital is closed to new admissions and for visitors, but A&E and the out-patients departments are operating as normal.
“Healthy young patients presenting themselves at MMH with flu symptoms and not deemed at risk, will be sent home with flu advice. Ideally, do not attend the hospital if you are suffering mild flu-like symptoms but rather take advice from your GP and pharmacist where possible.
“Patients considered at risk will be given anti-viral medications and appropriate treatment. If it is necessary that they need to be admitted, they will be sent to other hospitals.”
While visitors are being asked not to come to the hospital, staff will be happy to talk to them over the phone in order to provide them with updates on their loved ones.
Chrisann O'Halloran, senior charge nurse, said: “Flu is circulating in the community and has now impacted on the hospital here in Broadford. By restricting visiting to the affected areas it helps hospital staff protect the health, privacy and dignity of our patients.
“We fully appreciate there will be circumstances when visiting may be of benefit to patients and relatives which we will look at on an individual basis and these can be discussed with myself as senior charge nurse.
“The situation is being monitored carefully by NHS Highland’s public health staff and laboratories in Raigmore and we will update patients and the public as the situation changes.”