NHS Dorset chief medical officer winter demand warning

RESIDENTS are urged to choose the care that suits their needs as preparations ramp up ahead of what could be one of the toughest winters ever for those working in the NHS.

Earlier this week, national health bosses announced the new plans in place to prepare for winter demand.

This included rapid response teams to help people who have fallen at home and 24/7 Care Traffic Control Centers which will manage demand and capacity by tracking the availability of beds and hospital attendance.

NHS chief executive Amanda Pritchard said the additional measures would build on the extensive work already underway to prepare for what will be a “very difficult winter”.

Exact details of what is being done in Dorset have not been released, but residents are urged to use NHS services ‘wisely’ to get ‘the right treatment, in the right place, at the right time’.

Dr Paul Johnson, Chief Medical Officer of NHS Dorset, said: “Things are extremely busy at the moment and we are under significant pressure as demand continues to rise.

“We are doing everything we can to ensure services are available to people as the winter months approach. This involves working closely with our health and care partners to plan for a range of scenarios that may arise due to increased demand or outbreaks.

“We will be asking everyone who lives and works in Dorset to help us by making sure they choose the right care for them if they need help, and a public information campaign will be launched to highlight the options. and the care available.

“Using NHS services wisely during the winter can help you get the right treatment, in the right place, at the right time – the first time.”

The system’s control centers, which have been described as “data-driven war rooms”, would be led by teams of clinicians and experts.

It was said that they will enable quick decisions to be made for any emerging challenges, including where hospitals can benefit from mutual aid, or to divert ambulances to another nearby hospital with more capacity.

The NHS said the expansion of fall response services across the country will see local teams sent to help people who have fallen in their homes or care homes, rather than unnecessary trips to the ‘hospital.

Community-based expansion could free up around 55,000 ambulance trips to treat other patients each year, with a quarter of all category three and four ambulance calls in January this year related to falls.