People are being urged to Keep Sussex Safe in new national restrictions

From Thursday 05 November 2020, Sussex has joined the rest of England under new national restrictions.

Health and care organisations across Sussex are all working together to protect and support our local communities.

Everyone can do their part to restrict the spread of the virus.

Stay at home if you can, keep a distance and protect each other when you have to go out.

How will services change?

Some local council services will change during the restrictions to follow national guidance.

Find out more about any changes to services in:

NHS services remain open and are here for you.

If you have an appointment, please continue to attend as normal. You don’t need to call to check that a booked appointment is going ahead.  You will be contacted directly if anything changes with your appointment.

Find out more about NHS services at this time.

Where can you get support?

If you are classed as clinically extremely vulnerable to coronavirus (often people who were previously advised to shield for medical reasons) you will soon receive a letter from the Government providing guidance. You can also find this guidance about how to stay safe online – Guidance for the clinically extremely vulnerable

If you are not in this group, but may need help because of ill-health, isolation or access to essentials, there is a range of support available. Find out about services that can help with specific issues, like mental health support, and what to do if you can’t get food, medicines, or are lonely and isolated, on your council’s website:

Keeping it simple to stay safe in Sussex

Protect yourself and others

  • Take common-sense steps to reduce the risk of catching or spreading coronavirus. You can spread the virus even if you do not have symptoms.
  • Think Hands, Face, Space – washing your hands regularly, using a face mask in areas where social distancing is difficult, and keeping two metres’ space between you and others will all help to reduce the spread of the virus.
  • If you are experiencing coronavirus symptoms, please use the government portal to book a test. It is important that you and anyone you live with continue to self-isolate until you get a test result.

Get medical help if you need it

  • The NHS is open and here for you.
  • Please continue to attend appointments as advised. You don’t need to call to check that a booked appointment is going ahead. You will be contacted directly if anything changes with your care.
  • If you need medical help from your GP, contact them online or by phone to be assessed
  • For urgent medical help, contact NHS 111 online 111.nhs.uk or by phone
  • If it’s a serious or life-threatening emergency, call 999

Look after yourself

Keeping healthy means you’re less likely to get seriously ill from coronavirus.

  • Enjoy a balanced diet, exercise regularly and take action to lose weight if you need to
  • Get help to go smokefree
  • Drink sensibly – no more than 14 units a week over at least three days.
  • Get a flu jab if you’re eligible

You are more likely to achieve your goals with support. Get personalised support in your area: Brighton and Hove, East Sussex, West Sussex. There is also lots of information and practical advice about keeping healthy on the NHS website.

Look after your mental health

The pandemic is affecting us all in different ways. It is important to look after your mental health and get help if you need it.

  • Take time to relax and do things you enjoy
  • Stay connected with friends and family
  • Try to get enough sleep
  • Get help if things are worrying you

Get practical tips and help from Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.