Wednesday, January 11, 2006

NHS Hotline Staff Trained to Spot Bird Flu

Nurses on the NHS 24 hotline (0845 4647) have been given special training to identify the first signs of bird flu entering Scotland. Health officials believe the frontline service, which handles around 3500 calls a day, will be one of the first places to spot if more people than normal are getting ill. The nurses are being kept up-to-date on the latest situation from affected countries around the world and have been given training on how to spot the symptoms of bird flu.

Dr George Crooks, medical director of NHS 24, said: "We have an early warning system for bird flu. All our staff have been fully briefed about the symptoms and are monitoring all calls for them."
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Source: Scotsman
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