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NHS plans for winter to help speed up discharge

On 27th July 2023 NHS England announced new plans ahead of winter to help speed up discharge for patients and improve care.

"Winter is always a busy time for the NHS and our teams are already under significant pressure – so today, we are launching a plan to further increase resilience across the country."

Sarah-Jane Marsh, NHS national director of urgent and emergency care

The new measures which include care "traffic control" centres, additional ambulance hours and extra beds, aim to boost capacity and resilience across NHS. The plan includes a wide-range of new measures building on the recent improvements in ambulance response times and A&E performance. 

"The rapid expansion of ‘care traffic control’ centres, means patients can be more easily discharged with the right support when medically fit to leave hospital with the latest information available to staff in one spot – this is both better for patients and for the NHS."

Dr Vin Diwakar, NHS medical director for transformation

Read more about the plan here

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