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NHS Winter Pressures 2016/17 - Weekly Update

Published Friday, March 17, 2017

Weekly update on NHS winter pressures facing acute hospital trusts in England. Includes data for accident and emergency diverts, bed days lost to Norovirus closures, trusts facing operational pressures, and bed occupancy.

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During the winter months, NHS England publishes daily situation reports on winter pressures facing acute hospital trusts.  These cover pressures such as accident and emergency diverts, bed days lost to Norovirus closures and general and acute bed occupancy. This briefing paper will be updated regularly with new data. The next update will be on 24th March.

Click to view map of trusts reporting OPEL operational pressures in the week ending 12th March.Click to view map of trusts reporting OPEL operational pressures in the week ending 12th March.

 

 

 

 


Click to view a map of average bed occupancy at English NHS Trusts in the week ending 12th March.Click to view a map of average bed occupancy at English NHS Trusts in the week ending 12th March.

 

 

 

 


Click to view map of norovirus bed closures in the week ending 12th March.Click to view map of norovirus bed closures in the week ending 12th March.

 

 

 

 

 

Full information is available in the PDF download below. Headlines from this week's data include:

  • There were 19 A&E diverts last week, down from 35 in the previous week.
  • Weekday general & acute bed occupancy was static at 94.7% - below the levels seen for most of January and February. 13 trusts reported bed occupancy above 99%, up from 12 the previous week.
  • On 10 March, emergency admissions reached their highest level this winter.
  • 6 NHS trusts reported serious operational pressures (OPEL 4) in the past week, indicating that they were at risk of service failure and unable to provide comprehensive care (down from 8 last week). 34 trusts reported either OPEL 3 or 4 pressures, down from 39 in the previous week.

Commons Briefing papers SN07057

Author: Carl Baker

Topics: Ambulance services, Health services

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