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Shropshire and Telford NHS reveals 10 swine flu deaths

Ten people with swine flu died in Shropshire and Telford this winter, hospital trust figures show.

Each of the ten deaths happened in either the Royal Shrewsbury or Princess Royal Hospitals, over a six-week period from 1 December, the trust said.

The number has been released after a Freedom of Information (FOI) request by BBC Radio Shropshire.

Earlier this year, the trust said it did not want to answer questions about potential flu-related deaths.

'Difficult to sustain'

Dr Patricia O'Neal, from the Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust, said it was difficult to get accurate figures quickly as the situation changed "hour to hour".

"We were extremely busy in the hospital in those times and a lot of it was dealing with flu.

"But it's actually changing hour to hour and actually, to ask the same people who are the infection control nurses and microbiologists, like myself, to run around chasing after every single individual result before it has been checked and verified and given information that's then out of date an hour later, it's actually quite difficult to sustain."

The H1N1 swine flu strain was the most common form of influenza this winter, according to Shropshire Primary Care Trust.

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