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.
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 the stay well this winter website.