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York Hospital sets up 'special area' for flu admissions

York Hospital has set up "a special area" for flu patients after a sharp rise in the number of people suffering from the illness.

The hospital trust said it was treating 30 patients who had "severe symptoms and complications related to flu".

York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust deputy chief executive Mike Proctor said this was a "notable increase" compared with last winter.

He added that two people had died from the H1N1 virus in December.

Mr Proctor said a number of non-emergency operations had been postponed at the hospital

"The hospital is under a lot of pressure at the moment," he added.

'Adequate' vaccine supply

"We have had to postpone some planned surgery so that we can accommodate all the emergency patients coming through the doors."

Mr Proctor said patients suffering from the H1N1 swine flu virus and seasonal human flu were being admitted.

He added that they had informed patients whose operations were being postponed.

This included those who needed non-emergency surgery such as hip replacements.

Mr Proctor said they had an adequate supply of flu vaccine at the hospital.

A hospital spokeswoman said: "A special area has been set up in one of the hospital wards to treat patients."

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