FLU FRIENDS FOR PATIENT REFERENCE Flu friends can be relatives, neighbours or KNOW YOUR friends, who do not have symptoms of swine flu. They can collect medicines, food and other supplies for you if you get swine flu, so you FLU FRIENDS don’t have to leave home. MY FLU FRIENDS ARE: The National Pandemic Flu Service will SWINE encourage you to send a flu friend to collect Name: Name: your antivirals. You can use the tear off slip on the other side of this page to make a note Telephone number: Telephone number: of your reference number, to give to your FLU: flu friend. Mobile number: Mobile number: Identify your flu friends and check they are happy to help you. Fill out their details on this leaflet and keep in a safe place. Think about neighbours who may live alone or family members that might need help and BE PREPARED see if you can be their flu friend. I AM A FLU FRIEND FOR: BE PREPARED Stock up and make sure you have to hand: Name: Name: • Normal flu remedies – for example, the Telephone number: Telephone number: correct dose of paracetamol for adults and children Mobile number: Mobile number: • Food and fluids • Extra supplies of tissues and toilet paper PERSONAL INFORMATION • Supplies of any regular medications you You can make a note of your personal take – make sure you order any repeat details here so that they are easy to access prescriptions before they run out. if you feel unwell. Remember that GPs and pharmacies may be very busy, so allow plenty of time My NHS Number is: for this My GP is: My GP’s address is: If you require this leaflet is available in alternative formats or languages please phone 01223 597 664 or email My GP’s telephone email@example.com number is: Published August 2009 General Information and advice about swine FOR FLU FRIEND'S REFERENCE flu is available from: STEP 2 • National Pandemic Flu Service Recorded Information Line: 0800 1 513 513 GET ADVICE STEP 3 • NHS Choices: www.nhs.uk GET TREATMENT If you think you have swine flu stay at home IF YOU THINK YOU and contact: Your authorisation code If you have contacted the National Pandemic The National Pandemic Flu Service: HAVE SWINE FLU… TREATMENT 0800 1 513 100 Flu Service and been given a twelve digit authorisation code to collect antivirals you www.direct.gov.uk/pandemicflu can write it here. Your flu friend will only be STEP 1 If you need antivirals, you will be given an authorisation code and told where your flu able to pick up your medications if they have this code. KNOW THE SYMPTOMS friend can collect the medications from. Tear off this slip and give it to your flu friend You can write your authorisation code here for so they have all the information they need to Swine Flu Symptoms: your own record: collect your antivirals. If someone has a temperature of 38°C or above Name of patient: and at least two of the following symptoms, Your flu friend will also need to take ID they may have swine flu. for themselves and you. You must provide Patient’s authorisation code is: • Widespread muscle • Sore throat original documents. Acceptable forms and joint aches • Vomiting of identification include: • A cough • Watery diarrhoea • Current passport Address of nearest Antiviral Collection • Headache • Cannot stop crying • Child benefit letter Point (ACP): • Blocked or (only children) • Council tax payment book runny nose • Credit card, bank or building society statement (from the last 3 months) If you think you may have swine flu and: • Paid utility bill (from the last 6 months) • Parent held record (red book) • have a serious underlying illness • Pension/benefit book • National identity card (European Your flu friend should also take: • are pregnant Community / European Economic Area) • ID to prove who they are • have a sick child under one year old • UK naturalisation or registration certificate • ID to prove who you are • Full driving licence • your condition suddenly gets much worse • NHS Card This slip has no monetary or exchange value • Birth / marriage / civil partnership / - it is simply a place to write your details for • your condition is still getting worse after adoption certificate your flu friend to take with them to collect seven days (or five days for a child) • Standard Acknowledgement Letter issued your antivirals if you need them. This leaflet You should call your GP directly. by the Home Office for Asylum Seekers is designed for personal use and for reference purposes only.