QA Hospital the most affected hospital in the UK in the last few weeks.

In mid-December, there were up to 23 Ambulances queuing to attend the A&E department.

The increase in patients seems to be a large rise in flu-like symptoms affecting the respiratory system along with Norovirus, the winter vomiting virus.

A poll by the Press Association revealed 16 NHS trusts across England with the accident and emergency departments have been put on the highest alert level, (Level 4). These hospitals in our region declared the most severe level of operational pressure:

  • Dartford & Gravesham NHS Trust
  • Maidstone & Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust
  • Medway NHS Foundation Trust
  • Isle of Wight NHS Trust
  • Portsmouth NHS Trust
  • Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust

NHS England stated that over 480,400 calls were made from across the UK to the 111 service in the week up to New Year’s Eve. The highest ever number in a single week. The following statistics show a breakdown of 111 calls made to our local NHS trusts.

5,384
South East Coast Ambulance Services
1,345
East Kent
1,198
Berkshire
1,160
Oxfordshire
985
Dorset
800
Buckinghamshire
441
Isle of Wight

NHS Advice – The difference between Flu or a cold.

Flu Cold
Appears quickly within a few hours Appears gradually
Affects more than just your nose and throat Affects mainly your nose and throat
Makes you feel exhausted and too unwell to carry on as normal Makes you feel unwell, but you’re OK to carry on as normal (for example, go to work)

How to treat flu yourself

To help you get better more quickly:

  • rest and sleep
  • keep warm
  • take paracetamol or ibuprofen to lower your temperature and treat aches and pains
  • drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration (your pee should be light yellow or clear)

See your GP if:

  • your symptoms don’t improve after 7 days
  • you’re worried about your child’s symptoms
  • you’re 65 or over
  • you’re pregnant
  • you have a long-term medical condition – for example, diabetes or a heart, lung, kidney or neurological disease
  • you have a weakened immune system – for example, because of chemotherapy or HIV.