12 December

Winter always tends to tackle the health of the public. With consistent low temperatures, flu, and viruses affect the nation. Due to the increase in illnesses, the NHS suffers also. With A&E already under struggle, the winter fluctuates the admissions of patients, causing severe problems.

For this reason, the NHS has launched its ‘NHS Winter Project’ which monitors the 4 hour wait target for A&E, and allows anyone to check their local hospital statistics.

The aim for the project is to allow patients to understand the pressure of each hospital and the number of patients they receive. This way patients can also decide what hospital they attend based on the hospitals rates.

Sarah Pinto-Duschinsky, director of operations and delivery for NHS England, said: “The NHS is pulling out all the stops, with local hospitals, ambulances, GPs, home health services and local councils all working hard to open extra beds and seven-day services using the extra winter funding.” [1]

It has been examined that the main issues have developed from the increase in the number of attendances and emergency admissions. Some patients do not need to use A&E, but also some cases are too severe for them to help.

Due to the extreme pressures on the hospitals, In England £700m has been given to the NHS to help during the winter season.

Make sure to wrap up this winter, and take care of your health.
If you have experienced any of these issues, or extended waiting times, please let us know.


[1] Triggle, N. (2014). Hospitals struggling as winter hits. BBC News. Available at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-30433575 [Accessed 12 Dec. 2014].

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