THOUSANDS of people have been flocking to the two collection points in Brent to collect antiviral medication for friends with swine flu.

On Friday (July 17) 3,000 people had visited the points to pick up Tamiflu which are situated in the north and south of the borough. By Tuesday (July 21) this had jumped to 3,300.

North West London Hospitals NHS Trust would not confirm how many people had been hospitalised because the number is constantly changing. However it did confirm that some patients from Brent and Harrow had been in intensive care with the H1NI influenza.

Seventy five schools out of 92 in Brent have now been affected by swine flu.

Brent NHS is urging people who think they may have contracted the flu to contact health services from home.

Family doctors can issue vouchers for antiviral medication which ‘flu friends’ can collect for the person who is unwell.

According to Brent NHS there is enough antiviral medication for everybody.

If people believe they may have contracted the swine flu virus they should stay at home, check their symptoms on or call the Swine Flu Information line on 0800 1 513 513.

If they have taken these steps and are still concerned, they should telephone their GP, or NHS Direct on 0845 4647. People should not go to A&E or their GP surgery