NHS Sussex Commissioners weather impact update

The Met Office has issued Red weather warning due to extremely strong winds, expected when Storm Eunice hits our region until at least 3pm today.

The storm is predicted to cause significant disruption and possible dangerous conditions, and the NHS in Sussex is working with partners in the community as steps are taken to maintain our essential services.

As storm Eunice brings very strong winds across Sussex, health services are still being provided for those in need, including GP and hospital appointments. Anyone unable to travel safely to attend an appointment with the NHS or a GP, is asked to get in touch to let them know as early as possible.

Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust is contacting patients with appointments or home visits planned for today that have been affected by the disruption from the storm, and has moved face appointments are being moved to virtual where possible.

Due to the hazardous conditions on the roads, their staff are not travelling to non-essential appointments until 3pm, however, community visits will continue all day for clinically critical care, such as time-sensitive medication administration and end of life care.

University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust (UHSussex) and East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust outpatient clinics will be running as normal today, and will also continue to provide outpatient clinics at satellite and mobile units throughout the day. They are asking on people to attend appointments (following the instructions in appointment letters) if happy to and able to travel safely. Anyone who does not wish to attend, or has any concerns, is asked to contact the number on their appointment letter.

COVID-19 vaccination clinics will continue where possible. Some vaccination clinics in Sussex have unfortunately been impacted by the storm.

Northgate and Churchill Square vaccination centres closed at 10am this morning due to the effects of the storm on car parking and travel. Everyone with a booked appointment is being contacted and offered an alternative.

Some of the planned Walk-in vaccination sessions have been cancelled today, please visit the Sussex Health and Care Partnership website to find out the latest.

The NHS in Sussex is urging everyone to take extra care today if they need to travel. Please listen to local forecast and news updates, especially around any road closures or disruption.