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Five ways for hospitals to tackle winter pressure

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: (Published 10 December 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h6674
  1. Rebecca Coombes, head of investigations and features
  1. 1The BMJ
  1. rcoombes{at}

1 Have discharge coordinators

With winter comes a rise in demand for healthcare, which is mainly due to respiratory conditions leading to a spike in emergency admissions. Guidance from the UK National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) on how to avoid delays in discharge recommends a single health or social care practitioner to coordinate each patient’s discharge plan, including information about the patient’s drugs.1

2. Plan ahead

Have …

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