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Labour Norwich North candidate collapses with suspected swine flu

PUBLISHED: 13:08 21 July 2009 | UPDATED: 10:58 06 July 2010

Chris Ostrowski

Chris Ostrowski

Chris Ostrowski, Labour's candidate in the Norwich North by-election, is in hospital with suspected swine flu, it has emerged.

Mr Ostrowski, who appeared last night in a BBC TV debate with three opponents, was admitted to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital this morning .

Chris Ostrowski, Labour's candidate in the Norwich North by-election, is in hospital after he collapsed with suspected swine flu, it has emerged.

Mr Ostrowski, who appeared last night in a BBC TV debate with three opponents, was taken to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital by ambulance this morning.

A spokesman for the Norwich North Labour campaign said: “We can confirm that Chris Ostrowski was treated for a suspected case of swine flu.

“Treatment came from doctors at the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital after Chris felt unwell and was taken there earlier today. He collapsed at home and was taken to hospital by ambulance.

“Chris has just been discharged after receiving excellent care at the Norfolk and Norwich.

“Clearly, our priority is to ensure that nobody falls ill from swine flu unnecessarily and we will follow the medical advice and take every precaution necessary.”

A spokesman for NHS Norfolk said: “The general advice is not to physically visit A&E or a GP surgery if you think you have swine flue, but to ring your GP or NHS direct for assistance.

“Clearly in this case the patient had collapsed and was referred to A&E appropriately.”

Lord Mandelson, first secretary of state and secretary for business, skills and innovation, was due to join Mr Ostrowski at the Sure Start in Angel Road today.

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