Winterwatch brings you regular updates about: how the NHS is coping with the increased demands of the cold winter months, levels of flu-like illness and uptake of flu vaccination.

Weekly flu information – 3 Jan 2013

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 52 (ending 30 December, 2012), the weekly primary care consultation rate for flu-like illness … Read more → – Weekly flu information – 3 Jan 2013

NHS emergency and urgent care – 3 Jan 2013

A&E diverts There were 18 A&E diverts in place during the 10 days to the 30th December 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 care – 3 Jan 2013

Weekly flu information – 27 Dec 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 51 (ending 23 December, 2012), the weekly primary care consultation rate for flu-like illness … Read more → – Weekly flu information – 27 Dec 2012

Increased number of flu outbreaks reported: update on the fight against flu this winter

By Chief Medical Officer Professor Dame Sally Davies: Levels of flu have started to increase so the Chief Pharmaceutical Officer and I have recommended that GPs should prescribe antivirals to treat and prevent flu in people who are most at … Read more → – Increased number of flu outbreaks reported: update on the fight against flu this winter

Weekly flu information – 20 Dec 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 50 (ending 16 December, 2012), the weekly primary care consultation rate for flu-like illness … Read more → – Weekly flu information – 20 Dec 2012

NHS emergency and urgent care – 20 Dec 2012

A&E diverts There were 20 A&E diverts in place during the week ending 16 December 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 – 20 Dec 2012

Weekly flu information – 13 Dec 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 49 (ending 9 December, 2012), the weekly primary care consultation rate for flu-like illness … Read more → – Weekly flu information – 13 Dec 2012