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 8.03am on Tuesday 1 November 2022. Temperatures/weather conditions are not expected to exceed cold weather alert threshold criteria in any region from 9am on 1 November 2022 until further notice. More details about this weather alert are available on the Met Office website. Find out about staying well this winter.

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NHS hits 10 million booster milestone

More than 10 million people in England have now had their autumn Covid-19 booster, new NHS figures show today. The NHS has provided additional protection against Covid-19 to a total of 10,667,110 people with the new bivalent vaccine ahead of winter. Bookings opened to everyone aged 50 and over to get their Covid-19 booster and […]

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24/7 control centres among new plans to step up NHS winter preparations

Rapid response teams to help people who have fallen at home and 24/7 ‘care traffic control centres’ are among new NHS plans to prepare for winter, being set out today. NHS chief executive Amanda Pritchard said the additional measures would build on the extensive work already underway to prepare for what will be a “very […]

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NHS invites people 50 and over for autumn boosters and flu jab

Millions of people aged 50 and over will be able to book their autumn booster and flu vaccines tomorrow, as the NHS Covid-19 and flu programmes continue to protect the country ahead of winter. Online and phone bookings will open to around 12 million people aged between 50 and 64 to book their Covid jabs […]

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NHS sets out package of measures to boost capacity ahead of winter

The NHS will today set out steps to rapidly boost capacity and resilience, including through increasing bed availability and staff numbers, ahead of the busy winter period. Health chiefs will outline plans to prepare local services for additional pressure, by creating the equivalent of 7,000 more beds through a mixture of new hospital beds, ‘virtual […]

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Cold weather alert: Level 1 – winter preparedness and action

Issued at 8.51am on Saturday 19 February 2022. Temperatures/weather conditions are not expected to exceed Cold Weather Alert threshold criteria in any region from 9am on 19 February 2022 until further notice. More details about this weather alert are available on the Met Office website. Find out about staying well this winter.

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NHS weekly winter operational update for the week ending 13 February 2022

NHS National Medical Director Professor Stephen Powis said: “NHS staff remain busy in what continues to be a long winter, with 111 calls answered at a five week high and hundreds more patients taken to A&E compared to the previous week. “Despite ongoing seasonal pressures, NHS staff continue to step up focusing their efforts on […]

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Cold weather alert: Level 2 – alert and readiness

Issued at 11.17am on Wednesday 16 February 2022 There is a 60% probability of severe cold weather/icy conditions/heavy snow between midnight on Friday 18 February and 9am on Saturday 19 February 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 1 – winter preparedness and action

Issued at 8.46am on Monday 24 January 2022. Temperatures/weather conditions are not expected to exceed Cold Weather Alert threshold criteria in any region from 9am on 24 January 2022 until further notice More details about this weather alert are available on the Met Office website. Find out about staying well this winter.

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Cold weather alert: Level 2 – alert and readiness

Issued at 8.49am on Friday 21 January 2021. There is a 70% probability of severe cold weather between 9am on Friday 21 January and 9am on Wednesday 26 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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