HEALTH and social care professionals across the system in Oxfordshire are building on their experience of working together during previous winters to deliver services.

Staff from the county's hospitals, GP practice, social services, community health services, ambulance services, mental health services, and the voluntary sector are working together to provide safe, effective and sustainable care for people during this winter.

Winter is a high-pressure season with the colder temperatures and harsher weather conditions leading to increased demands on GPs and Emergency Departments as flu season begins.

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This, paired with the ongoing impact of covid-19, means that health and social care staff working as 'Team Oxfordshire' is especially important.

Sam Foster, chief nursing officer at Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: "We all know that winter is the busiest season for health services, although pressures are now felt year-round.

“After another busy year, the winter team's priority is to ensure that people who need medical treatment are able to access services to get the care they need.

"We continue to focus on our Home First approach, and we're also working hard with our health and social care colleagues to prevent unnecessary hospital admissions.

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“We are continuing to increase the capacity to assess people in their own home, as well as delivering assessment and treatments - this keeps people safely at home, promotes independence, and helps us admit people to hospital only when they genuinely need acute care.”


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This story was written by Gee Harland. She joined the team in 2022 as a senior multimedia reporter.

Gee covers Wallingford, Wantage and Didcot.

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