Healthcare professionals should tell patients that most sore throats do not need antibiotics, states guidance from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence and Public Health England.
Funding for the delivery of respiratory care is set to be “rebalanced” in Wales away from hospitals and towards specialist nurses working in the community, according to a plan to reduce variation.
Bed occupancy rates in English hospitals remain well above safe limits, but fewer patients are facing long delays in ambulances, according to latest figures, suggesting the pressure may be easing.
Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has recently introduced a new way of testing adult patients for flu, with nurses using a molecular analysing device by the bedside that only takes 20 minutes.
Seasonal influenza levels have continued to rise in the last week across the UK, according to Public Health England, with the country now experiencing the most significant flu season since 2010-11.
Patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, especially those who also have other chronic illnesses, are at greater risk of adverse medication reactions, according to a UK primary care study.
Influenza is seen and anticipated every year all around the world. In the UK, experts use countries like Australia as a gauge of what the season likely has in store for us, explains Pat Cattini.
A range of key capacity issues and concerns have converged today, leading to warnings that the winter pressures facing the NHS have reached a “watershed moment”.
NHS employers are being urged to ensure nurses and other clinicians know how to operate oxygen cylinders correctly, after a number of incidents in which patients died due to their incorrect use.
Nurses and doctors have been told that non-urgent inpatient elective care in England should be deferred until the end of the month, in an extension of measures to cope with winter pressures.