Health and Social Care: Winter in Scotland in 2014/15

The Scottish Government aims to create the conditions which support NHS Scotland to improve resilience by building capability to absorb, respond and recover from disruptive challenges. Winter disruptions can include increased demand and activity due to seasonal flu, respiratory and circulatory illness; increased numbers of falls and trips; and wards closed to admission due to higher levels of norovirus. There are also business continuity challenges associated with managing workforce rotas during the festive period, to ensure that patients continue to be safely and effectively admitted, diagnosed, treated and discharged.

This report draws together the key official statistics on system capacity, activity, pressures and performance.