Welwyn Garden City Swine Flu Centre to close

A SWINE flu collection point will close tonight (Wednesday) as levels of the virus have hit very low levels across the county. Campus West in WGC was designated as a specialist centre as the first wave of cases hit its peak in July. This will

A SWINE flu drugs collection point will close tonight (Wednesday) as cases of the virus have hit "very low levels" across the county.

Campus West in WGC was designated as a specialist centre as the first wave of cases hit its peak in July.

This will close its doors at 7.30pm.

Those who still need antiviral drugs will now need them to be collected at one of five pharmacies across the county.


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The nearest is at Asda in Hatfield, which is open from 8am to 10pm Monday to Saturday and 10am to 4pm Sunday.

Dr Jane Halpin, director of public health at NHS Hertfordshire said: "The number of swine flu cases reported in Hertfordshire remains low and we're now moving forward with our plans to manage the second wave of the pandemic.

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"Our initial antiviral collection points in WGC and Watford have been working well since they opened during the peak of the first wave back in July.

"But now that numbers of swine flu cases have decreased to very low levels, it isn't the best use of our clinical resources to keep these two centres open. "

She added: "At the moment we have five pharmacies taking part and are finalising arrangements for more, to make sure we are in a good place to manage any sudden increase in demand this autumn.

"The new pharmacy collection points will work in the same way as previous ACPs - flu friends must bring the authorisation number given by the National Pandemic Flu Service, along with a valid form of ID for themselves and for the person they are collecting for."

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