Swine Flu weekly report
The following is the weekly WM report. It shows both a big jump in consultations, but also the WM being now below average.
This week’s report from NHS West Midlands shows that cases of swine flu continue to spread across the region. It provides information on the spread of swine flu and its impact on the local services as of 29 July 2009.
Patients presenting at primary care centres with influenza-like symptoms has increased within the health economy over the last week, the PCT reports that this increase is being managed well.
Activity /Rates – GPs
This shows the number of patients attending primary care with influenza-like illness – taken from the latest Health Protection Agency QSurveillance data (Data from the Royal College of GPs, which samples a number of GP practices). QSurveillance data indicates a significant increase for the week of 23 July, across England, West Midlands and within Birmingham East and North.
The reported rate of GP consultations per 100,000 population within the West Midlands this week was 213.9 (compared with 105.5 for last week). This is below the national average.
West Midlands average 213.9 (per 100,000)
England and Wales rates 224.1 (per 100,000)
NHS Birmingham East and North 190.6 (per 100,000)
Number of Hospital Admissions
The total number of new admissions with swine flu admitted to hospitals in the West Midlands for the period 23 July to 29 July 2009 is 116.
Number of Swine Flu Related Deaths
There have been no swine flu-related deaths reported for the week 23 July – 29 July 2009 within the West Midlands. The total number of deaths for the region remains at six.
Update on Anti-Viral Collection Points (ACPs)
Total number of Antiviral Collection Points planned for the Local Health Economy: 10
Currently open: 1 (Stechford)
The PCT currently has one ACP open which is in line with the current level of need. Plans are in place to open more collection points to meet any increase in demand.
Total number of assessments via the National Flu Pandemic Service (West Midlands): 45,000
Total number of antivirals collected (West Midlands): 18,949
Public Health Message
A new National Pandemic Flu Service has been launched to ensure that people with flu or flu-like symptoms are able to get advice and help. The new service is made up of a dedicated website and call centres which provide people with a quick way to check their symptoms and get access to antiviral drugs.
For more detail on local issues please contact your local PCT(s).
Useful web links
NHS choices – www.nhs.uk for symptom checker, latest guidance and hygiene advice.
National Pandemic Flu Service for assessment and access to antivirals:
Information: 0800 1 513 513
Treatment: 0800 1 513 100