Winter preparedness in the NHS

Planning to respond to potential further waves of COVID-19 or severe outbreaks of other respiratory illnesses during the 2021/22 winter. Letter from Pauline Philip.

Published 25 October 2021.

Patient Car Parking

Free hospital car parking for NHS staff and those in greatest need, during the pandemic. Letter from Julian Kelly.

Published 23 March 2021.

Second phase of NHS response to COVID-19

Setting out the broad operating environment and approach to work to over the coming weeks. Letter from Sir Simon Stevens and Amanda Pritchard.

Published 29 April 2020.

Next steps on NHS response to COVID-19

Next steps for re-instating activities previously on hold because of the pandemic. Letters from Sir Simon Stevens and Amanda Pritchard.

Updated 6 July 2020.

Home and community diagnostic sampling

Guidance on the procedures and equipment required for home diagnostic sampling in persons identified as suitable for this service. Letter from Prof Keith Willett.

Updated 7 March 2020.

Patient testing letter

Testing can now be expanded to all non-elective patients admitted into organisations that require a bed overnight. Letter from Ruth May and Prof Stephen Powis.

Published 24 April 2020.

Supporting the healthcare science workforce

NHS organisations to support the healthcare science workforce to continue to respond rapidly and professionally to the conoravirus outbreak, in line with professional standards.

Updated 17 December 2020.

Asymptomatic NHS staff testing

Asymptomatic testing will be made available to all patient-facing NHS staff. Letter from Prof Stephen Powis, Pauline Philip and Ruth May.

Published 9 November 2020.