winter pressure

winter pressure

A UK term of art for a seasonal (winter) increase in demand for health and social care services.
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Mrs Skeet's operation to remove throat cancer was cancelled four times in five weeks at Leeds General Infirmary because of the winter pressure on beds.
The hospital trusts are calling for more funds from the Government to relieve this winter pressure.
As a winter pressure system strengthened over the country, residents of the city of Iwamizawa, just outside the Hokkaido capital of Sapporo, had a frosty minus 10.
But he said the NHS was coping very well in difficult circumstances, with the money provided for winter pressure.
The Betsi Cadwaladr Health University Board sparked fury last year when it announced the temporary ward closures and reduced opening hours at MIUs without consultation, to allow it to open more beds and divert staff to the region's three district hospitals to cope with "unprecedented" winter pressure.
Three regional winter pressure groups were set up in the NHS to manage demand.
Additional winter pressure funding has been made available to try and help alleviate the pressure but this winter has been particularly busy across the health sector which reflects the picture nationally.
These measures are due to the prolonged severe winter pressure.
The beds in the acute medical unit at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital were funded by extra winter pressure cash.
Winter pressure on hospitals will never be eliminated by extending the vaccine among the elderly, Dr Fleming warned.
Staff say the place is at crisis point and we are still not seeing the real winter pressure set in.
Concerns about winter pressure follow a report which warns the NHS must recruit 110,000 extra nurses in four years to meet the Government target of 20,000 more by 2004.