Preparing for winter challenges
In anticipation of a challenging winter for the NHS and social care services, we have announced additional measures to boost capacity, support staff and better care for patients at home.
Our winter resilience plans include introducing extra hospital beds, more 111 and 999 call handlers, rapid response teams for home falls and 24/7 “healthcare traffic control centres” to oversee services across each area.
Two years after the NHS gave the world’s first COVID-19 jab, more than 143 million life-saving doses have been given and thousands of people are coming forward every day for their flu and Covid vaccines.
With viruses in greater circulation and causing greatest harm during winter, please find out what you need and how to book at www.nhs.uk/wintervaccinations.
Find out about the NHS Long Term Plan and what it means for patients and the public
Tackling health inequalities and advancing equality and diversity across the NHS
Taking the opportunity to capitalise on current success and embed new ideas
Issued at 10:01am on Friday 9 December 2022. There is a 99% probability of severe cold weather and icy conditions between 9am on Friday 9 December and 9am on Friday 16 December in parts of England. This weather could increase the health risks to vulnerable patients and disrupt the delivery of services. Find out more […]