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.

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

Farewell Winterwatch

Professor Dame Sally Davies Chief Medical Officer

By Chief Medical Officer Professor Dame Sally Davies: Winterwatch comes to a close this week and yet again we all owe a great deal of thanks to the dedication of NHS staff and the wider care community. We may have … Read more → – Farewell Winterwatch

NHS emergency and urgent data – 8 Mar 2012

A&E diverts There were 5 A&E diverts in place during the 4 days up to 1 March 2012. An A&E divert is an agreed temporary diversion of some patients from one hospital to other A&E Departments to provide temporary respite. … Read more → – NHS emergency and urgent data – 8 Mar 2012

Weekly flu information – 8 Mar 2012

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 9 (ending 4 March 2012), the weekly primary care consultation rate for flu-like illness … Read more → – Weekly flu information – 8 Mar 2012

More healthcare workers get vaccinated

Professor Dame Sally Davies Chief Medical Officer

By Chief Medical Officer Professor Dame Sally Davies. Next week we will bring this year’s Winterwatch to a close. Our doctors and nurses do a wonderful job but we need them to look after themselves.  So in November, in my … Read more → – More healthcare workers get vaccinated

NHS emergency and urgent care – 1 Mar 2012

A&E diverts There were 19 A&E diverts in place during the week ending 26 February 2012. 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 – 1 Mar 2012

Weekly flu information – 1 Mar 2012

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 8 (ending 26 February 2012), the weekly primary care consultation rate for flu-like illness … Read more → – Weekly flu information – 1 Mar 2012

The flu season isn’t over yet

Professor Dame Sally Davies Chief Medical Officer

By Chief Medical Officer Professor Dame Sally Davies. This winter we have experienced particularly low flu levels. This week there were only around 20.2 GP consultations per 100,000. However, it is important to remember that we are still seeing some cases … Read more → – The flu season isn’t over yet