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Planning for seasonal demand in respiratory illness


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Planning for seasonal demand in respiratory illness

Each winter, emergency departments experience a surge in respiratory attendances and emergency admissions for respiratory conditions double. It is therefore crucial to plan for this inevitable increase in demand so that patient flow is maintained.

A “quick guide” from NHS Improvement highlights ways to manage demand, including ambulatory emergency care, early supported discharge services, and urgent “hot” clinics. Use of these initiatives can reduce avoidable overnight admissions and improve patient flow and outcomes.

Local A&E delivery boards are advised to consider the recommendations as part of plans to manage the seasonal surge in respiratory admissions.