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 1 – winter preparedness and action

Issued at 6.31am on Sunday 6 January 2019 Temperatures/weather conditions are not expected to exceed Cold Weather Alert threshold criteria in any region from 6 January 6.00am until further notice. More details about this weather alert are available on the Met Office website.

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Cold weather alert: Level 2 – alert and readiness

Issued at 8.55am on Friday 4 January 2019 There is a 60 per cent probability of severe cold weather between 3.00pm on Thursday 3 January and 00:00am on Sunday 06 January 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 […]

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Cold weather alert: Level 2 – alert and readiness

Valid until 5 January 2019 There is a 60 per cent probability of severe cold weather between 9.00am on Thursday 3 January and 00:00am on Saturday 05 January 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 winter. […]

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NHS funds ‘drunk tanks’ to ease Christmas pressure on A&E and 999

NHS England will help fund so-called ‘drunk tanks’ to take the pressure off hospital and 999 services over Christmas and New Year, chief executive Simon Stevens announced today. Supervised areas where revellers who have over-indulged can be checked over and even sleep it off, rather than being taken to casualty or monitored by the police, […]

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Cold weather alert: Level 1 – winter preparedness and action

Issued at 8.20am on Monday 17 December 2018 Temperatures/weather conditions are not expected to exceed Cold Weather Alert threshold criteria in any region from 17 December 9.00am until further notice. More details about this weather alert are available on the Met Office website.

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Cold weather alert: Level 2 – alert and readiness

Issued at 8.59am on Thursday 13 December 2018 There is a 70 per cent probability of severe cold weather, icy conditions and snow between 6.00am on Friday 14 December and 9:00am on Monday 17 December in parts of England. This weather could increase the health risks to vulnerable patients and disrupt the delivery of services. […]

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Cold weather alert: Level 2 – alert and readiness

Issued at 1.34pm on Wednesday 12 December 2018 There is a 70 per cent probability of severe cold weather, icy conditions and snow between 6.00am on Friday 14 December and 11:59pm on Saturday 15 December in parts of England. This weather could increase the health risks to vulnerable patients and disrupt the delivery of services. […]

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Over 65s urged to take advantage of record flu vaccination programme

Health chiefs have today united to urge people aged 65 and over to take advantage of the NHS’s biggest ever flu vaccination programme. Older people across the country are being offered the most effective vaccine in the world as part of the programme which is providing a record 8.5 million doses, free of charge. And […]

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Cold weather alert: Level 1 – winter preparedness and action

Issued at 9.40am on Thursday 1 November 2018 Temperatures/weather conditions are not expected to exceed Cold Weather Alert threshold criteria in any region from 1 November 9.00am until further notice. More details about this weather alert are available on the Met Office website.

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Extra support pledged for GPs this winter

NHS England has today announced it will provide £10 million to GPs to support delivery of additional extended hours, out of hours and unscheduled care sessions over winter. The Winter Indemnity Scheme will be used to cover the costs of professional indemnity for the extra services provided by GPs, giving them the freedom to work extra […]

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