Winterwatch brings you regular updates about how the NHS is coping with the increased demands of the cold winter months and practical advice from the Chief Medical Officer to help keep the public well.

After 22 December’s update, the next Winterwatch update is due out on 5 January 2012.

Three images: Young woman with woolly hat and scarf sneezing. Older man is about to be immunised. Woman warms herself with a hot drink.

Give the gift of life this Christmas

Professor Dame Sally Davies Chief Medical Officer

By Chief Medical Officer Professor Dame Sally Davies. At this time of year, many of us are focused on festivities but as Christmas decorations go up NHS blood donation stocks go down. 7,000 units of blood are needed everyday, but … Read more → – Give the gift of life this Christmas

Weekly flu information – 22 Dec 2011

People with flu-like illness Estimates suggest that flu-like activity – that is, the number of people with flu-like symptoms seeing their GP – is currently low. For week 50 (ending 18 December 2011), the weekly primary care consultation rate for flu-like illness … Read more → – Weekly flu information – 22 Dec 2011

NHS emergency and urgent care – 22 Dec 2011

A&E diverts There were 19 A&E diverts in place during the week ending 18 December 2011. An A&E divert is an agreed temporary diversion of some patients from one hospital to other A&E Departments to provide temporary respite. A divert … Read more → – NHS emergency and urgent care – 22 Dec 2011

Christmas time, mistletoe and not too much wine

Professor Dame Sally Davies Chief Medical Officer

By Chief Medical Officer Professor Dame Sally Davies. The Christmas season is in full swing and festivities have finally begun. Although this is a season to be merry, it is important we all remember the serious impact drinking too much … Read more → – Christmas time, mistletoe and not too much wine

NHS emergency and urgent care – 15 Dec 2011

A&E diverts There were 29 A&E diverts in place during the week ending 11 December 2011. An A&E divert is an agreed temporary diversion of some patients from one hospital to other A&E Departments to provide temporary respite. A divert … Read more → – NHS emergency and urgent care – 15 Dec 2011

Weekly flu information – 15 Dec 2011

People with flu-like illness Estimates suggest that flu-like activity – that is, the number of people with flu-like symptoms seeing their GP – is currently low. For week 49 (ending 11 December 2011), the weekly primary care consultation rate for flu-like … Read more → – Weekly flu information – 15 Dec 2011

Top Tips for Winter

Professor Dame Sally Davies Chief Medical Officer

By Chief Medical Officer Professor Dame Sally Davies. The cold weather is finally upon us. Christmas trees are going up and the Christmas party season is just around the corner. I cannot think of a better time to set out … Read more → – Top Tips for Winter

NHS emergency and urgent care – 8 Dec 2011

A&E diverts There were 12 A&E diverts in place during the week ending 4 December 2011. An A&E divert is an agreed temporary diversion of some patients from one hospital to other A&E Departments to provide temporary respite. A divert … Read more → – NHS emergency and urgent care – 8 Dec 2011

Weekly flu information – 8 Dec 2011

People with flu-like illness Estimates suggest that flu-like activity – that is, the number of people with flu-like symptoms seeing their GP – is currently low. For week 48 (ending 4 December 2011), the weekly primary care consultation rate for flu-like … Read more → – Weekly flu information – 8 Dec 2011

World AIDS Day – Are you at risk of flu?

Professor Dame Sally Davies Chief Medical Officer

By Chief Medical Officer Professor Dame Sally Davies. On World AIDS Day, it is important to remind those in the ‘at risk’ groups how important it is to keep safe and well during the cold winter months. On average, they … Read more → – World AIDS Day – Are you at risk of flu?