Author Archives: Health and Care News East Sussex

Feedback sought on the developing Sussex Health and Care Plan

Share your feedback before 8 November

A plan that aims to improve lives, extend lives and save lives of people living across Sussex has been made available for public comment.

The Sussex Health and Care Plan has been developed over the last nine months and represents the Sussex response to the ever-changing local health and care needs of our populations and the national ambitions and expectations set out in the NHS Long Term Plan. Continue reading

Spot the signs and join the fight against modern slavery

People are being urged to take a stand against exploitation by calling out modern slavery.

With reports of individuals in East Sussex being exploited and abused increasing, East Sussex County Council is urging people to look out of the signs and join the fight.

The call was made to coincide with Anti-Slavery Day, which runs each year on October 18, and aims to raise awareness of modern slavery. Continue reading

New services for East Sussex’s unpaid carers

Carers across East Sussex can find all the support, advice and information they need in one place thanks to a new agreement.

Care for the Carers has been chosen to continue providing a Carers Centre after East Sussex County Council and the local NHS recommissioned services.

The charity will develop a new single access point for people looking after a relative, friend or neighbour who couldn’t manage without their support.   Continue reading

Every Mind Matters: get your personalised mental health plan today

Public Health England (PHE) and the NHS recently launched Every Mind Matters, a new online tool to empower people to look after their own mental health.

Developed with clinical and academic experts, national mental health charities and people with experience of poor mental health, Every Mind Matters is clinically assured by the NHS and supports people to build simple changes into their daily lives. For example, changes like reframing unhelpful thoughts, breathing exercises or increasing physical activity. All of these actions have well-evidenced impact on improving and maintaining good mental health. Continue reading

Evening and weekend GP appointments

Evening and weekend GP appointments now openDid you know that weekend, evening and bank holiday appointments with a GP, practice nurse or other health professional are available across East Sussex?

In addition to the previously available appointments, you can book in to be seen from 6:30pm to 8pm on weekdays with appointments also available on Saturdays, Sundays and bank holidays. Continue reading

Improvements coming to Lewes Victoria Hospital

The Minor Injuries Unit (MIU) at Lewes Victoria Hospital is to undergo major improvement works to upgrade it to an Urgent Treatment Centre (UTC). This is part of ongoing efforts to improve services for local people, support the local healthcare system, and free up emergency care for those who need it most.

The MIU will close temporarily to allow the improvement works to take place. All other services at Lewes Victoria Hospital will continue as normal.

The improvement work will start on 6 November 2019 and is expected to be complete by April 2020. Continue reading

Working with people prescribed Dependence Forming Medication (DFM) and supporting those in chronic pain

Moderate to severe chronic pain, which means pain that continues for more than 12 weeks, is thought to affect almost one in five people in the UK. Traditionally, GPs have prescribed opiate medications for these conditions, however they can come with serious risks and be addictive when taken in the medium to long term. Guidance from the Royal College of Anaesthetists says there is little evidence opiates are helpful for long term pain. Continue reading