Reporting week: 14 March to 20 March 2022
There were further increases observed in ‘coronavirus (COVID-19)-like’ syndromic indicators during week 11, including emergency department attendances and NHS 111 calls.
Remote health advice syndromic surveillance system
During week 11, NHS 111 calls and online assessments for ‘potential COVID-19’ continued to increase across all age groups. Calls and assessments for cold, flu, cough and sore throat and increased nationally with cold or flu calls particularly noted in the over 65 years age group. Calls and assessments for gastrointestinal indicators broadly stabilised, except for online assessments for vomiting which continued to increase.
GP in hours syndromic surveillance system
During week 11, GP in hours COVID-19-like consultations continued to increase, particularly in the over 65 years age group. Upper and lower respiratory tract infections both continued to increase but remain below seasonally expected levels. Consultations for scarlet fever increased in children aged 1 to 4 and 5 to 14 years. Diarrhoea and vomiting were stable nationally, but remain above seasonally expected levels.
GP out of hours syndromic surveillance system
During week 11, GP out of hours contacts for gastrointestinal indicators stabilised. Contacts for acute respiratory infections increased, particularly in children aged 5 to 14 years, but remain below seasonally expected levels.
Emergency department syndromic surveillance system
During week 11, COVID-19-like attendances increased nationally across all age groups but with notable increases observed in the over 65 years age group. Attendances for influenza-like illness increased and are now above seasonally expected levels (but the number of attendances nationally remains relatively low). Attendances for gastroenteritis continued to increase above baseline, notably in children aged 1 to 4 and 5 to 14 years.
Ambulance syndromic surveillance system
Nationally, COVID-19-like and difficulty breathing ambulance calls remained stable overall during week 11.