Winter news, advice and blogs

NHS England’s winter news, advice from Clinical Directors and blogs 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 the NHS website.

Cold weather alert: Level 2 – alert and readiness

Issued at 8:46am on Friday 3 February 2023. There is a 60% probability of severe cold weather between 6pm on Sunday 5 February and 6pm on Tuesday 7 Febraury in parts of England.  This weather could increase the health risks to vulnerable patients and disrupt the delivery of services. Find out more about staying well this […]

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NHS weekly winter operational update for the week ending 29 January 2023

Responding to the NHS performance figures published today, NHS Medical Director Professor Sir Stephen Powis said: “While there have been continued improvements in ambulance handovers and there are now fewer flu patients in hospital compared to the peak last month, today’s figures show that NHS staff remain under significant pressure. “Last week saw more people […]

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Cold weather alert: Level 1 – winter preparedness and action

Issued at 11:55am on Saturday 28 January 2023. Temperatures/weather conditions are not expected to exceed cold weather alert threshold criteria in any region from midday on Saturday 28 January until further notice. This weather could increase the health risks to vulnerable patients and disrupt the delivery of services. Find out more about staying well this winter. […]

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Handover delays fall despite increase in patients being taken to A&E by ambulance

Ambulance waits outside A&E reduced despite thousands more people being taken to hospital last week and continued pressures across the NHS, new figures show today. The weekly winter data, published today, shows ambulances transported 77,937 patients to A&Es across the country last week, up from 72,009 the week before. Despite the increase in patients, fewer […]

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Cold weather alert: level 3 – cold weather action

Issued at 8:58am on Monday 23 January 2023. There is a 90% probability of severe cold weather and icy conditions between 9am on Monday 23 January and 9am on Friday 27 January in parts of England.  This weather could increase the health risks to vulnerable patients and disrupt the delivery of services. Find out more […]

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Cold weather alert: Level 3 – cold weather action

Issued at 9:09am on Friday 20 January 2023. There is a 90% probability of severe cold weather/icy conditions between 9am on Friday 20 January and 9am on Wednesday 25 January across England. This weather could increase the health risks to vulnerable patients and disrupt the delivery of services. Find out more about staying well this winter. […]

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NHS pressure continues as hospitals deal with high bed occupancy

Hospitals remain under significant pressure with bed occupancy at the second highest level recorded this winter last week, new figures show today. More than 19 in 20 beds were occupied across adult general and acute hospital wards (95.7%) in the week ending 15 January, according to the weekly statistics. Over 14,000 beds were taken up […]

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Cold weather alert: Level 3 – cold weather action

Issued at 9:05am on Wednesday 18 January 2023. There is a 90% probability of severe cold weather and icy conditions between 9am on Wednesday 18 January and 9am on Monday 23 January in parts of England. This weather could increase the health risks to vulnerable patients and disrupt the delivery of services. Find out more […]

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Cold weather alert: Level 3 – cold weather action

Issued at 8:53am on Monday 16 January 2023. There is a 90% probability of severe cold weather and icy conditions between 9am on Monday 16 January and 9am on Friday 20 January in parts of England.  This weather could increase the health risks to vulnerable patients and disrupt the delivery of services. Find out more […]

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Cold weather alert: Level 2 – alert and readiness

Issued at 8:30am on Friday 13 January 2023. There is a 70% probability of severe cold weather and icy conditions and heavy snow between 6pm on Sunday 15 January and 9am on Thursday 19 January in parts of England.  This weather could increase the health risks to vulnerable patients and disrupt the delivery of services. […]

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