Get GP appointments at evenings and weekends

Patients in the NHS Eastbourne, Hailsham and Seaford Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and NHS Hastings and Rother CCG areas will now find it easier to see a GP, practice nurse or other health professional at a time more convenient to them, with appointments available on weekday evenings, over the weekend and at bank holidays.

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Which service do you need?

Help Us Help You Stay Well This WinterLast month we shared some top tips on keeping warm and well this winter. If you do become unwell, it’s important to choose the right service for your need.

NHS emergency services are there for you in emergency and life threatening situations. For medical treatment when it is not an emergency, there are other services available.

Here we share information on the non-emergency services available locally to help you. Continue reading

All aboard the funeral revolution

Kate Tym and Kate Dyer, two independent celebrants, brought the ‘funeral revolution’ to Hastings when they launched the UK’s first Coffin Club in 2017.

Coffin Club aims to empower people to take control of planning and costing their end-of-life celebrations, and has been going from strength to strength.

Harry Potter actress Miriam Margolyes OBE, has just become the project’s first patron, and now the Kates are inviting more local people to come along and plan their perfect send-off.

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Guest article – Looking after your mental health over Christmas

This month we feature a guest article by Lynne Thomas, lead for Southdown’s mental health services across East Sussex.

As Christmas approaches, Lynne explains challenges the festive season can pose for people and the support offered by a range of local mental health services, which are commissioned by the East Sussex Better Together Alliance. Continue reading

Project led by young people in Hastings aims to help tackle sexual harassment and violence

Maps to Manhood worked with young people and schools in Hastings, to help tackle sexual harassment and violence.

The project was set up in response to growing evidence that young men are receiving harmful messages about ‘what it means to be a man’, which affect their behaviour and relationships. This in turn affects their families, communities and society as a whole. Continue reading

Have your say on East Sussex County Council’s Core Offer

core offerYou can now share your views on the council’s ‘core offer’.

From support for those who need it most, to services for everyone – like roads and public health – the core offer proposal is for a basic but decent level of service for East Sussex – the least you should reasonably be able to expect, even in this difficult financial climate

The council is asking people for their views on the core offer, the impact the proposals will have on them, which services they believe should be a priority for future years and what they think is the best way of bridging the financial gap. Continue reading

East Sussex Healthcare Trust highly praised for care of people with cancer

Care of people with cancer at East Sussex Healthcare Trust has again been highly praised in a national survey of patients who were diagnosed with the disease.

The National Cancer Patient Experience Survey, now in its seventh year, has been published and was completed by over 500 local patients. Those taking part were asked to rate their care overall, on a scale of one to ten, and people in East Sussex rated their care as 8.9 out of 10. This is an increase on the previous year’s rating of 8.6 out of 10. Continue reading

Have your say on maternity services in East Sussex

Have you given birth or used maternity services in East Sussex in the last three years? If so, the NHS wants to hear your views.

You, your partner and family can complete a survey to tell the NHS about your experiences, the support you received, what worked well and any areas that could have been improved. The survey is part of a project to improve maternity services across the South East.

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