Help us help you as demand for NHS services rises

The demand for all NHS services across Sussex has risen significantly due to the higher infection rates of COVID-19 in the community in recent weeks.

All our hospitals are very busy and we expect that to continue over the coming weeks as more people are admitted to our hospitals.

Across Sussex, health and care partners are continuing to work together to provide support where needed so that our teams can care for those who need our help.

In our hospitals, we’re continuing to provide cancer and other urgent operations and will aim to carry on providing other non-COVID treatments as much as possible but in some cases we’ll need to move staff and so some routine surgery has been postponed at this time.

Patients who have appointments should still attend unless you hear directly from the NHS. If we need to reschedule an appointment patients will be contacted directly.

You can still travel to medical appointments in and out of Tier 4, and we urge you to keep appointments unless you feel unwell or have suspected COVID-19 symptoms.

The pressure will stay on the NHS as long as the infection rates stay high. To protect yourself, family and friends and help the NHS everyone needs to do their bit to keep Sussex safe.

We all need to follow the guidance– to stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

Remember – Hands, face, space, working from home where you can, and all of the requirements of the Tiers where you live.

Crucially, if you or someone in your household show symptoms of the virus, or are contacted by NHS Test and Trace, please self-isolate straight away. If you have symptoms of COVID-19 you can book a test by calling 119.

NHS services are still available if you need help. Spotting problems early is vital, especially cancers. Please don’t wait, seek help early if you have any concerns.

If you need urgent medical help and advice, please use 111 first, either online via NHS.uk or by calling 111. At NHS 111, help is at hand from a team of highly trained experts and, if needed, you can be given a booked time slot at an urgent treatment centre or even an A&E department.

Find out more about how you can Keep Sussex Safe.