Flu cases rise in England as hundreds of hospital beds filled ahead of winter

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Hundreds of hospital beds are being filled with flu patients, a tenfold increase on last year, leaving the NHS facing a “triple-demic” this winter.

NHS figures show an average of 344 hospital beds per day were taken up by flu patients in England last week.

This is more than 10 times the number seen in the first week of December last year.

Stephen Powis, medical director of NHS England, has warned the NHS faces a “triple-demic” of demand for flu, Covid and emergency care over the winter months.

According to statistics, ambulances have lost more than 20,000 hours waiting outside A&Es to drop off patients.

Credit: www.independent.co.uk /

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