Author Archives: Health and Care News East Sussex

Stop smoking, start breathing this Stoptober

It’s never too late to quit smoking – you’ll notice immediate improvements to your health when you stop.

This Stoptober, you can get lots of information and support to quit on the NHS website, and through the free NHS Quit Smoking app.

If you’re ready to go smoke free you can also visit One You East Sussex to find out how local Stop Smoking Advisors can help you.

Free flu vaccine and COVID-19 boosters

Those eligible for the free flu vaccine and COVID-19 booster jab are being urged to book their appointments as soon as possible in a new video from the NHS. This is to help give themselves and their loved ones the best possible protection this winter.

It’s more important than ever for people to get their winter vaccines as soon as possible this autumn, as both viruses have the potential to cause serious illness and hospitalisation.

To check your eligibility for the flu vaccine and COVID-19 booster vaccine, or to find a service, visit

Get all the latest information on the local vaccination programme: Sussex COVID-19 Vaccination Programme.

Getting help with your mental health

The impact and experience of the past 18 months has been difficult for us all. That’s why it’s so important to look after our mental health and wellbeing.

Every Mind Matters has launched a new campaign to support the nation’s mental wellbeing. The campaign shows the little things we can all do and how these can make a big difference; helping us to lead happier, healthier lives and cope with life’s challenges.

By answering five simple questions online, you’ll get a personalised mental health action plan with practical tips for helping deal with stress and anxiety, boost your mood, sleep better, and feel more in control.

Visit Every Mind Matters to see what works for you.

Find information on more mental health resources on the Your East Sussex website, including ten top tips for mental health and wellbeing from the Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, and where to turn if you need urgent support.

What makes you feel connected?

Share your experiences to help us tackle loneliness in East Sussex

Strong relationships and connected communities are essential foundations for tackling loneliness and developing overall community wellbeing.

Local authorities in East Sussex, the NHS, the Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VSCE) sector and others are working together – with the help of Collaborate CIC – to understand how to better support connected communities. To do this we’d like to hear from as many residents as possible.

We’ve developed a survey to help us understand what connection means to you. Your responses will help us to find better ways of tackling loneliness based on real experiences of living in East Sussex. If you complete the survey you could win one of two £50 shopping vouchers in our prize draw!

The survey will be open until 7th November 2021 and can be accessed online here:

If you have any questions about this survey, or would like support to complete it, please contact or call 07513 379870 (available 10am-4pm, Monday-Friday). If you would like to complete the survey in a different format or language, please also get in touch.

COVID-19 vaccination: Booster dose now available

The COVID-19 booster vaccination programme has started to be offered focusing on those most at risk from serious disease. This includes people aged over 70, clinically extremely vulnerable adults and those who are immunosuppressed. The NHS will contact those people who are eligible directly to let them know when it is their turn to get their booster vaccine.

If you are an adult you can continue to receive your first and second doses either

All the most up to date information is available by visiting the Sussex Health and Care Partnership website.

East Sussex residents who have no means to get to their COVID-19 vaccination appointment can book a free return journey by calling either 01424 217259 or 07871 603235. The booking service is available between 10:00-13:00 and 14:00-17:00 Monday to Friday. Please book your vaccination appointment first and then call the number to arrange your transport.

If you have questions about the vaccination, please contact us by email at or by calling our vaccine enquiry phone line 0800 433 4545 (open 9am – 4pm, Monday to Friday).

Have your say on mental health inpatient services in East Sussex

Improving adult inpatient mental health services in East Sussex. Have your say by 6 September 2021.There’s still time to have your say on mental health inpatient services in East Sussex.

The Sussex Health and Care Partnership want to improve mental health inpatient services in East Sussex for adults, older people, and those living with dementia. Help inform these plans by taking part in the consultation before 6 September 2021. Continue reading

Can you help shape local services for LGBTQ+ groups?

Be heard. Have your say on local services and win £50!Members of LGBTQ+ communities in East Sussex are being encouraged to share their views on health and care services across the county.

The council, working with range of health, care and voluntary sector partners, is conducting a needs assessment for local LGBTQ+ communities.

People are encouraged have their say about their experiences of health, accessing local services and the impact of COVID-19 through an online survey to help improve services locally. Continue reading

Do you have a good idea to make a positive change in your area? Then get support to make it happen

Have you ever had a good idea that you think could really help your local area or community, but haven’t known where to start? Fortunately, expert help is now at hand from the Making It Happen team. Get in touch through their online form, and a member of staff could help you turn your idea into reality.

Making It Happen aims to help people to come together in their neighbourhoods to create positive change to the things that matter to them the most. Continue reading

A huge thank you to all volunteers

During Volunteers’ Week (1-7 June) we want to say an enormous thank you to all volunteers in health and care across East Sussex. It goes without saying that volunteers have played an essential role in the pandemic response. During an exceptionally difficult year, people from all walks of life have taken the time to volunteer and made a huge difference to their communities – just as they do every year.

This is a time for us to come together and thank all volunteers for their invaluable contribution. During Volunteers’ Week local health and care organisations will be sharing examples of the vital work volunteers have been doing, messages from our organisations, and ways that you can get involved to volunteer in the future.

Visit the Sussex Health and Care Partnership website to read local volunteer stories, and for information on local volunteering opportunities: Volunteers Week 2021.

Keep an eye out on Twitter @Sussex_HCP and join in the conversation between 1 and 7 June.

Urgent care that’s not an emergency this bank holiday

The local NHS is urging residents in East Sussex who need urgent care that’s not an emergency this May bank holiday to choose the right service to meet their needs, freeing up hospital emergency departments to treat those in most need.

Dr Elizabeth Gill, Chief Medical Officer for the Sussex Clinical Commissioning Groups said: “It’s important to remember that if you need medical help the NHS is here for you.”


Patients needing a face to face appointment with a health professional are being asked to call NHS 111 first, who will help direct people to the most appropriate service for treatment.

NHS 111 by phone or online at, available 24/7 and offers advice and guidance for patients experiencing non-emergency, urgent healthcare needs.

NHS 111 can advise on local NHS services, connect patients to a medical professional, arrange appointments and offer self-care advice.

If you’re ever unsure whether you need to go to A&E, call NHS 111 first.

NHS Urgent Care alternatives to A&E in East Sussex

The Minor Injury Units (MIU) Crowborough and Uckfield and will be operating as usual from 08:00hrs to 20:00hrs, 7 days per week.

The Urgent Treatment Centre (UTC) at Lewes is there for you to treat most injuries or illnesses that are urgent but not life threatening and will be operating as usual over the bank holiday weekend from 08:00hrs to 20:00hrs, 7 days per week.

Local pharmacies

A pharmacist can also help, offering treatment advice, recommend remedies and give guidance on giving medicines to children for issues such as colds minor cuts, bites, rashes.

No appointment is necessary to see a local pharmacist and most have private consultation areas. Check local pharmacy bank holiday opening hours online.

Improved GP access

Residents can also benefit from more evening and weekend GP and nurse appointments, by calling their GP or NHS111.

Patients can make an appointment between 6.30pm and 8.30pm during the week and from 10am to 4pm on a Saturday or Sunday by calling their practice.