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Infection control measures tested

A Suffolk hospital is carrying out an infection control exercise to ensure staff are prepared if there is a more serious outbreak of swine flu.

Access to West Suffolk Hospital is being controlled, with everyone asked to use gel washes and mobile sinks.

All other entrances to the hospital are closed and will reopen later.

The hospital said: "By testing the practices we have in place now, we can iron out any issues before we need to use the procedures in a real outbreak."

Signs have been placed at all entrances to inform visitors about the exercise.

Nichole Day, executive chief nurse, said: "Although the current swine flu outbreak has proven very mild, there is a risk of it returning in the autumn or winter.

"Good hand hygiene is key to stopping the spread of almost any infection, so throughout today we'll be testing the practices we have in place to make sure they are effective and that we can continue to provide essential services should an outbreak occur."



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