Know symptoms of meningitis bug
I am urging Belfast residents to follow their gut feeling if they suspect a case of meningitis and seek urgent medical attention.
Cases of the disease traditionally peak this time of year and I am backing Meningitis UK's 'Trust Your Instincts' campaign encouraging people to call their GP if they suspect meningitis.
As a GP, meningitis is the disease I fear misdiagnosing most. It can strike with incredible speed and its symptoms are notoriously difficult to spot.
I encourage you to know the symptoms and if you suspect meningitis, keep checking for signs of the disease, as it can develop quickly.
For a free symptoms fridge magnet to help you spot the signs of meningitis call 0117 947 6320 or visit www.meningitisuk.org.
Dr Phil Hammond
GP, Meningitis UK patron
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