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Don’t give granny flu at Christmas: Calls not to mix with relatives if you are ill

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Don’t give granny flu at Christmas: Calls not to mix with relatives if you are ill

Britons were urged last night not to mix with their loved ones if they feel unwell over Christmas to avoid spreading disease and overwhelming the NHS.

The health service prepares for its “darkest” festive season as it battles a flu surge, a bed lockout crisis and the aftermath of strikes.

Chiefs warn that the service will enter the weekend with an unsafe number of patients on wards, minimal staffing levels and is “dangerously close to completely overheating.”

It comes as ambulance delivery delays at A&E are the worst on record, leaving teams unable to respond to new 999 calls for hours. And inquiries to the NHS’s 111 helpline are nearing an all-time high, with concerned parents seeking advice about the Strep A outbreak ravaging schools.

Saffron Cordery, chief executive of NHS Providers, said: “Trusted leaders expect this Christmas to be one of the darkest yet.”

Britons were urged last night not to mix with their loved ones if they feel unwell over Christmas to avoid spreading disease and overwhelming the NHS.

Britons were urged last night not to mix with their loved ones if they feel unwell over Christmas to avoid spreading disease and overwhelming the NHS.

And Dr Mary Ramsay, director of the UK’s Health Security Agency, said eligible adults should get their flu and covid shots.

He added: “Both Covid-19 and the flu can cause serious illness or even death in the most vulnerable people in our communities, so it’s also important to avoid contact with others if you’re unwell to help stop the spread. spread of infections around the world. Christmas and New Year period.

There are fears that patients who delayed seeking care when nurses and ambulance staff picketed this week will now rush for care. However, fewer staff are likely to be available to cope with the influx as hospitals operate reduced rotations on weekends and on Christmas Day.

New figures released yesterday showed:

Ms Cordery added: “After very few cases of flu in the last two years, partly due to social distancing during the pandemic, this flu season looks much more dire compared to recent years.” The increase… has affected bed occupancy, which continues to be above levels considered safe.

Patricia Marquis, director for England at the Royal College of Nursing, said: “These figures suggest that there is absolutely no slack in the system, which is dangerously close to completely overheating.”

Dr Ian Higginson, vice president of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine, said: “We are concerned that there will be no space at the inn for our patients, and that the coming weeks could be some of the most difficult we have ever experienced.”

Chiefs warn the service will start the weekend with an unsafe number of patients on wards, minimal staffing levels and is

Chiefs warn the service will start the weekend with an unsafe number of patients on wards, minimal staffing levels and is “dangerously close to completely overheating.”

The health service prepares for its festive period

The health service prepares for its “darkest” festive season as it battles a flu surge, a bed lockout crisis and the aftermath of strikes.

An average of 1,939 flu patients were in hospital each day last week, up 67 percent from 1,162 the week before, according to NHS England. There has also been an increase in the number of flu patients in intensive care beds, with a daily average of 149 last week.

At the equivalent point last year, the NHS had just two flu patients a day in intensive care and 32 in general beds. One in four ambulance patients in England (16,379 in total) waited more than an hour to be handed over to A&E crews last week thanks to a combination of bed shortages and increased demand.

Some four out of ten patients, 28,105, had to wait at least 30 minutes to be transferred. Meanwhile, there were 721,301 calls to NHS 111 services last week, up from 706,129 the week before.

NHS England said this was a ‘near record’ level, almost 60 per cent more than the 452,644 calls in the equivalent week in 2021. The increase in demand is understood to be partly due to parents concerned about symptoms of Strep A. Meanwhile, the number of Covid cases in hospitals in England reached 8,643, the highest since October 28.

Professor Sir Stephen Powis, the NHS’s national medical director, said: “It is clear that the NHS is facing enormous pressure ahead of Christmas.”

Leyla Hannbeck, chief executive of the Association of Independent Multiple Pharmacies, said chemists face ‘unbearable’ levels of violence and abuse as a result of drug shortages and a backlog of health services. She said incidents have tripled, adding: “We’ve had pharmacists threatened to burn down your house, harm your family, knife threats, etc. It’s very scary.”

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