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This letter is a shortened version of the rapid response posted on
17th November. In the editing an important point has been altered.
Patients with neutropenic sepsis require antibiotic therapy to be
started urgently. Since the diagnosis requires hospital facilities
patients in whom this condition is likely should not delay attendance
there; the danger of well-publicised advice about the National Pandemic
Flu Service is that they might be diverted.
The second paragraph should therefore start: “When assessed in
hospital…” and not: “If assessed…”
No competing interests
02 October 2009
S. Michael Crawford
Consultant Medical Oncologist
Airedale General Hospital, Skipton Road, Steeton, Keighley, West Yorkshire BD20 6TD