Health centres throughout the UK are struggling with the latest flu outbreak
It is expected the further adapts will be implemented today after a series of high-level meetings are held to talk over the outbreak, which has led to the death of a Scottish teenager.
Non-essential procedures such as hip relacements and hernia manipulations have been delayed as the NHS struggles to deal with the rise in patients be lacking beds.
It is estimated that 5,000 people have contracted flu, five adjusts the number at the same stage last year. The situation is being skedaddled worse by the fact that numerous NHS staff, including doctors and attends, have fallen victim to the bug themselves.
In order to reduce the risk of the spread of infection, some clinics have been forced to close wards and even cancel smite hours.
Nine of the country’s 14 health boards have had to reschedule machinists to make room for the more urgent cases.
Hospital operations induce had to be cancelled to make way for urgent cases
We need to manage these loads to ensure that we are able to provide care safely
One senior health official said the service was now under “impressive pressure”.
NHS Highland associate director Dr Ken MacDonald said: “These are not decisions that we choose lightly but we need to manage these pressures to ensure that we are masterly to provide care safely.
“We apologise for the postponement of these procedures.
“We entertain seen an increase in the number of flu patients -coming into hospital, which is associate us under significant pressure.”
Weekly figures released by Health Refuge Scotland showed an increase in cases from 46 per 100,000 man in the last week of December to 107 per 100,000 in the first week of January.
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The flu status has been raised from “common” seasonal activity to “moderate”. The figures also showed that a more distant 30 patients needed intensive care.
Last week, it was revealed that 18-year-old Bethany Walker had pass through the pearly gated after contracting the flu.
The teenager, from Applecross in Wester Ross, had been battling the virus at serene but she went on to develop pneumonia.
She was airlifted to Raigmore Hospital in Inverness but died there.