QEH chief executive Jon Green is confident ahead of his first winter with the trust.

Staff at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital are “prepared for a difficult winter” with action already being taken ahead of a season which traditionally puts pressure on services.

Chief executive Jon Green admitted it would be a tough time, but said he had confidence in the trust.

“The NHS nationally is in a particularly challenging place at the moment. We are no different from that here and we face many challenges.

“We are in a good place going into winter but that is not to underestimate how difficult it will be,” he said.

Some of the measures already in place include the hospital’s Up and Dressed campaign.

This 100-day challenge aims to get patients out of bed and active, improve mobility and help get them home sooner.

Mr Green also welcomed additional financial support for the trust during the winter months, including the Better Care Fund and local investments to help care for patients in their own home.

The trust has also launched its flu vaccine campaign, and called on staff and vulnerable community members to get vaccinated in the fight against admissions. Meanwhile, the hospital looks set to be among the top quarter of trusts in the country for A&E waiting times when figures for September have been confirmed.

Around 93 per cent of patients were seen within the maximum four-hour waiting time.

Mr Green said maintaining and improving this figure would also help in busier months.