Pressures have been building on A&E departments for several years and can increase significantly over winter because of a rise in the number of people admitted to hospital.
The NHS has pulled out all the stops to prepare for this winter. We are determined to protect the good standards of service that the public have come to expect.
As a result, planning started earlier than ever before with hospitals, GPs, social services and other health professionals coming together to work out the best way of responding in every area of the country.
NHS England is monitoring the situation closely and publishes a weekly update on how the NHS is handling winter, giving the public better information than has previously been available. A copy of the Winter Health Check can be found here.
It is important the public know what they need to do to keep well and advice on how to keep well and where to get expert advice will be given throughout the winter and can be found on NHS Choices.
NHS England National Clinical Directors will also be posting advice on the site every week over the winter period.