Flu might put rather more strain than typical on GPs and hospitals this winter, well being bosses are predicting.
It follows the worst outbreak in a few years in Australia and New Zealand.
Talking at a well being convention in Manchester, NHS England chief govt Simon Stevens stated the winter flu season there was a pointer to the strain which might construct up within the NHS this winter.
However he insisted measures had been being taken to make sure the NHS was ready.
Experiences have steered there was near double the quantity of flu circulating in Australia this July and August – the nation’s core winter months – than the common over the earlier 5 winters.
Mr Stevens stated it had been a “heavy flu season” and lots of hospitals had struggled to manage, which ought to act as a warning to the well being service and the necessity to get as many individuals as potential vaccinated.
“For the subsequent three, 4, 5 months, the highest precedence for each NHS chief, each a part of the NHS, is making certain that the NHS goes into winter in as robust a place as potential.
“We all know we’ll have extra hospital beds open, we all know we’re higher ready, however we additionally know that the pressures are going to be actual.
“The indicators from Australia and New Zealand, who’re simply popping out of their winter, are that it has been a heavy flu season and lots of the hospitals down there have struggled to manage.
“We all know that there’s a substantial amount of work to be finished over the subsequent six to eight weeks with our companions in native authorities to place the NHS on the correct footing for the winter forward.”
His warning comes after NHS Suppliers, which represents hospital trusts, stated the pressures at the moment being felt within the NHS steered this winter could possibly be essentially the most troublesome for a era.