10 October 2009 A new anti viral collection point set to open in Keighley A new anti viral collection point (ACP) which supplies antiviral medicine for swine flu to those who need it is opening at Boots Pharmacy in Keighley. It will be open only for „flu friends‟- a friend or relative who does not have swine flu – to pick up antiviral medicines for people who are confirmed as having swine flu. It opens on Monday 12 October at the chemist which is based within Airedale Shopping Centre, at 22 – 28 Queensway, Keighley BD21 3PY. The opening hours will be Monday – Saturday, 8.30am – 5.30pm; Sunday 10.30am – 4.30pm. This will replace the former antiviral collection point which was at Keighley Leisure Centre. Health chiefs at NHS Bradford and Airedale are keen to stress the „stay at home‟ message for anyone who thinks they might have swine flu. People who turn up to Boots with swine flu symptoms to collect medications will be sent home and asked to find a flu friend. Anyone who does not have a flu friend, but who has been confirmed as having swine flu by their doctor or the National pandemic Flu Service should contact their GP or contact NHS Bradford and Airedale's pandemic flu helpline on 01274 256176. There is also an alternative anti viral collection point at Richard Dunn Sports centre at Rooley Avenue, Bradford, BD6 1EZ . Its opening hours are Monday – Friday, 1pm – 7pm and weekends 1pm – 5pm. There are plans to open a further antiviral collection point in Keighley, and another in Ilkley if the numbers of people suffering from swine flu increase. Dr Anita Sims, director of public health for Bradford and Airedale said: “We have seen a rise in the number of suspected swine flu cases both locally and nationally over the past few weeks. Given this rise we want to make it easier for flu friends to collect antiviral medicine and avoid them having to travel long distances. We will continue to keep the situation under review and listen to feedback about how convenient these new arrangements are. “Everyone who has the virus will be offered anti virals if they need them. However, many people will be able to recover from swine flu by simply using cold and flu medication from their pharmacist.” “I can‟t stress enough how important it is for people to stay at home if they think they have swine flu. The vast majority of cases in our region have so far been mild, with those catching the virus making a full and fast recovery” People living in Bradford and Airedale should continue to use the National Pandemic Flu Service as their first port of call for help if they are worried they may have swine flu. They can either answer questions online via the new website, or ring the call centre service, where trained staff will be able to assess them over the phone. Anyone diagnosed as having swine flu and offered anti virals through the service will be given an authorisation number. This will be used by their „flu friend‟ – a friend or relative who does not have swine flu – to pick up their anti virals on their behalf. It is particularly important for people with chronic lung, kidney or heart disease, under fives, over 65s and pregnant women to use the national service as soon as they have symptoms. Parents with children under one year should call their GP if their child has symptoms as soon as possible. The latest figures from the Health Protection Agency show there have been 16 new hospital admissions in Bradford and Airedale during the period 17 – 30 September; and 12.5 consultations per 100,000 for influenza-like illness. If people think they have Swine Flu or flu-like illness, they should stay at home and not visit their GP or A&E. They should: Go online and check their symptoms on www.nhs.uk Go online for help or information at www.direct.gov.uk/pandemicflu Call the Swine Flu Information Line on 0800 1 513 513 Call the Swine Flu Treatment Line on 0800 1 513 100 or 0800 1 513 200 (textphone) or go to www.direct.gov.uk/pandemicflu People are being urged to focus on good hygiene to limit the spread of infection. Use a tissue to catch coughs and sneezes, dispose of tissues in a bin and wash hands properly with soap and water to kill germs. Notes for editors NHS Bradford and Airedale NHS Bradford and Airedale is the new name for Bradford and Airedale Teaching Primary Care Trust (tPCT). NHS Bradford and Airedale is the local leader of health across the district. It is our job to make sure that healthcare is available for everyone who needs it. We work closely with local doctors, pharmacists, optometrists, dentists, hospitals, social services, mental health and learning disability services, voluntary and community organisations to make sure the right services are in place to support the health and wellbeing of people living in the district. In addition NHS Bradford and Airedale carries out a wide-range of health promotion aimed at helping to improve the health and wellbeing of local people. Bradford and Airedale Community Health Services Bradford and Airedale Community Health Services is responsible for providing NHS services in Bradford and Airedale and is part of Bradford and Airedale Teaching Primary Care Trust. For media enquiries contact Cath Seal on 01274 237720 / 7719.