The NHS are bracing itself for a “significant” threat of a high number of Omicron patients as they have declared a “Level 4 National Incident.”
There will be new emergency plans introduced which will allow vaccine site to run for 24 hours a day and patients could be discharged into hotels to free up bed space in hospitals.
The central NHS England will take over and leaders have said an “extraordinary response” is needed to tackle the new variant.
NHS England said, there could also be pop up site in football stadiums, leisure centres, cathedrals and bus parks so people can get their vaccines.
A new letter from health bosses says the NHS could run 24/7 for vaccine clinics “where relevant for the local community’ to deliver ‘more vaccines over the coming weeks than ever before.”
The letter warns, “Even with the additional protection that vaccine boosters will give, the threat from Omicron remains serious.”
Temporary tents and buildings are “ready to be dispatched to extend existing sites and support with queues.”
Health leaders have also been told to make “full use of non-acute beds in the local health and care system’” which includes beds in hospices and private hospitals.
The NHS are preparing for a fresh wave of cases with Delta and Omicron this winter and the amount of people needing care could be “significant over the coming period,” they warn.
Hospitals in the south of England are already discharging patients to hotels to be looked after by carers.
The letter, penned by NHS England’s chief executive Amanda Pritchard and national medical director Professor Stephen Powis, concluded, “The Omicron variant presents a new and significant threat, and the NHS must once again rise to the national mission to protect as many people as possible through the vaccination programme whilst also now taking steps to prepare for and respond to this threat.”