NHS England | December 2019| NHS warning as winter vomiting bug closes 1,000 hospital beds
The NHS is calling on the public to heed advice and stay at home if they have norovirus to avoid passing it on, as hospitals in England have been forced to close more than 1,100 hospital beds over the last week.
Top medics are concerned about the spread of the winter vomiting bug this year and the impact it is having on hospitals and other services.
They are therefore urging those who catch the virus not to go back to work or school until at least 48 hours after symptoms pass, to avoid passing it on to others.
The latest data from Public Health England (PHE) surveillance showed that the number of positive norovirus laboratory reports during the two weeks in the middle of November (11th-24th) was 28% higher than the average for the last five.
The NHS is responding by launching a new social media campaign to help people avoid catching the bug if possible, and recognise and deal with the symptoms of norovirus at home if they are unlucky enough to get infected.
Health bosses are also encouraging those who need it to seek help from the free, 24/7 NHS 111 phone and online service rather than going to hospital or their GP, where they risk infecting others (Source: NHS England).
NHS England | November 2019| A Guide to Managing Medicines Supply and Shortages
NHS England have produced a guide which aims to support pharmacists, clinicians and other NHS professionals with managing the supply of medicines to their patients and details the national, regional and local management and escalation processes and communication routes for medicines supply issues in order to consolidate existing practice across industry, government and the NHS (Source: NHS England).
NHS England | September 2019 | Social prescribing link worker welcome pack
NHS England has published Social prescribing link worker welcome pack, the pack includes useful information to help link workers in primary care networks find out more about their role and what support is available.
NHS England | August 2019 | CCG 360° Stakeholder Survey National Report 2018/19
A central part of the CCG assessment process is the CCG 360 Stakeholder Survey, the findings of which are presented in the report CCG 360° Stakeholder Survey National Report 2018/19. A key aim of the survey is to enable NHS England to assess whether CCGs are operating effectively in partnership with key organisations in the local health system to commission safe, high quality and sustainable services (Source: NHS England).
NHS England | August 2019 | Hundreds of lives saved through new tech to spot sepsis
An innovation that uses algorithms to to read patients’ vital signs, alerts medics to worsening conditions that are a warning sign of sepsis, has saved hundreds of people from sepsis. The new ‘alert and action’ technology is already being used in three leading hospitals, and is now part of a f a major nationwide push to tackle the condition including a one hour identification and treatment option.
In Liverpool, the hospital’s digital system brings together lab results and patient observations into one place to help staff diagnose and treat suspected sepsis, saving up to 200 lives a year.
In Cambridge, deaths from sepsis have fallen consistently over the last three years, with at least 64 lives saved in the past year thanks to the innovative alert and action feature.
In Berkshire since introducing a digital system, the Trust has increased screening rates by 70% with nine in 10 patients now consistently screened for sepsis during admission as opposed to two in ten beforehand, allowing doctors to spot more cases sooner.
The schemes are part of a national effort to push best practice and new technology across the NHS, to help hospitals learn from the success of others and spread use of the best technology further, faster (Source: NHS England).