‘Key mes­sage’ to help ease de­mand

AC­TION PLAN TO HELP NHS COPE WITH WIN­TER

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PHOTO: LYNNE CAMERON/PA WIRE By JAS­MINE RAP­SON HEALTH bosses are work­ing to re­duce the num­ber of vis­its to A&E and hos­pi­tal ad­mis­sions over the win­ter months as the NHS pre­pares for in­creased de­mand.

‘Key mes­sages’ will be spread to Bucks res­i­dents to pre­pare for win­ter pres­sures, in­clud­ing en­cour­ag­ing el­i­gi­ble pa­tients to get the flu vac­ci­na­tion and ad­vis­ing peo­ple to visit a phar­ma­cist as soon as they start to feel un­well.

The ac­tion plan was pre­sented to Bucks County Coun­cil’s health and adult so­cial care se­lect com­mit­tee last week – with health bosses quizzed on the pro­pos­als. Ac­cord­ing to na­tional re­ports, Eng­land could face its worst win­ter in re­cent his­tory if ex­tra cash is not ploughed into the NHS for ex­tra staff and beds. Chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer at Buck­ing­hamshire NHS Health­care Trust, Natalie Fox, said health­care staff will also be fo­cus­ing on pre­vent­ing ill­nesses in a bid to re­duce hos­pi­tal ad­mis­sions. She said: “We are ex­pect­ing high lev­els of de­mand and have worked as a sys­tem to deal with the in­creased pres­sures and think about how we work to­gether to en­able us to deal with the pres­sures we feel we are go­ing to face in the win­ter months.

“I think what the pre­sen­ta­tion high­lights is there are a num­ber of schemes within the sys­tem we are look­ing at. We are look­ing at how we avoid peo­ple at­tend­ing A&E if they don’t need to at­tend A&E.

“That’s look­ing at how we use our GP ser­vices, look­ing at preven­tion, how we use com­mu­ni­ca­tion with the pub­lic about al­ter­na­tive routes, and also look­ing at how we work with care homes to make sure peo­ple are not brought into hos­pi­tal when they don’t need to.

“An­other area we are look­ing at is avoid­ing ad­mis­sions, so im­prov­ing path­ways for peo­ple for dif­fer­ent long-term con­di­tions.”

We are ex­pect­ing high lev­els of de­mand and have worked as a sys­tem to deal with the in­creased pres­sure

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