Exploring the impact of COVID-19 on people living with obesity

A new study being undertaken by University College London (UCL) and University of Leeds is exploring perceptions, attitudes and actions of people living with obesity to the COVID-19 outbreak.

The researchers, led by Dr Adrian Brown of UCL & Dr Stuart Flint of University of Leeds, are conducting these surveys due to the unprecedented and rapidly changing impact that the COVID-19 outbreak is having on the way people live.

There are two surveys; one for children and young people, which looks at overweight and obesity; and another for adults (18+) which focuses on obesity.  If you are unsure of your weight category you can find it out using the NHS BMI calculator.

More information about the research and links to the surveys can be found through the links below:

Adult Survey (any adult aged 18+) deadline for completion – 9th July

Children and Young People Survey (any young person aged 16 or 17 years, or a parent/carer on behalf of a child aged 4 to 15 years) deadline for completion – 31st July

All responses will remain anonymous.

Be part of East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust’s first virtual Annual Meeting on 7 July!

You’re invited to be part of East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust’s (ESHT) first virtual annual general meeting (AGM). To adhere to social distancing rules, ESHT will be holding this year’s meeting virtually. You will be able to submit questions in advance, join ESHT and take part in the meeting live or watch a recording of the session.

The meeting will be held on 7 July from 2pm until 4pm. If you would like to join live use the following link from 1:45pm on the 7 July: https://glsr.live/ESHTpublicmeeting. You will also be able to watch a recording of the session using the same link after the event has taken place.

You can submit a question in advance by emailing esht.supporters@nhs.net or phoning 0300 131 4692.

What to do if you need help from a dentist

In March 2020 all routine face to face dental treatment was stopped due to coronavirus. Now, the government has said that dentists can start to reopen again from 8 June. This is likely to happen in a phased way to make sure people are seen as safely as possible, and practices will be operating in a way that observes COVID-19 social distancing and hygiene rules.

At the moment the advice if you need dental treatment is:

  • Call your dentist on the phone during the practice’s usual opening hours. When calling the dental practice, you will be assessed so that you can be provided with the most appropriate care. Don’t arrive at the practice without an appointment whilst social distancing is in place.
  • If you don’t have a dentist, you can search for a local practice on the NHS website at nhs.uk/service-search/find-a-dentist and call them for advice.
  • If you cannot contact a dentist, use the NHS 111 online service.
  • Don’t contact your GP about dental issues, as they cannot provide dental treatment.

Don’t worry if you have COVID-19 symptoms, appropriate arrangements can be made to see you if you need urgent dental care, please phone your dental practice for advice.

What to expect

The treatments you will be offered may be different to those you received before 25th March 2020 and may differ from practice to practice. This will depend on the staff and equipment available to the team at the time.

The dental team may also be wearing different protective equipment to what you are used to seeing.

It will likely be some months before the services return to what you previously experienced as normal, and will be dependent on the further easing of COVID-19 control measures.

Help us help you get the care you need by acting FAST on stroke symptoms

A stroke is a serious, life threatening condition and urgent treatment is essential. The sooner a person receives treatment for a stroke the less damage is likely to happen and their chances of a making a better recovery improve. If you are worried that you, a friend or family member are showing symptoms of having a stroke do not delay – call 999 immediately. Continue reading

Help us help you get the care you need for any heart-related symptoms

A heart attack is a serious medical emergency in which the supply of blood to the heart is suddenly blocked, usually by a blood clot. A lack of blood to the heart may seriously damage the heart muscle and can be life threatening. If you suspect you, a family member or friend is having a heart attack call 999 immediately. Continue reading

Tell Healthwatch East Sussex about your coronavirus experiences

Everyone living in East Sussex has been affected by the COVID-19 outbreak and subsequent lockdown.

Healthwatch East Sussex, the local independent health and care watchdog, has launched two surveys asking adults and young people aged 11-18 across the county about their experiences of health and care services, as well as the impact on their wellbeing. Continue reading

Suicide – the warning signs

In these stressful times it is even more important to look out for each other.

The new ‘Warning Signs’ campaign is part of a Sussex wide programme led by Sussex Health and Care Partnership to prevent suicide.

The campaign aims to provide specific advice and links to specialist support to those in crisis or for people concerned about someone they know.

If you are thinking about suicide or worried about someone then visit www.preventingsuicideinsussex.org now for advice and links to specialist help.

Helping family and friend carers take care of their own mental health

Senior psychologists are encouraging family and friend carers across Sussex to look after their own mental health during the coronavirus crisis – and offering advice and guidance to help them.

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust – which provides specialist mental health and learning disability services in Sussex and Hampshire – has published information and support for family and friend carers so they can manage the way they are feeling, particularly if they are not receiving the usual everyday support because of the current crisis. Continue reading

Dietitians offer advice on maintaining good nutrition and hydration

Dietitians at East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust are offering advice on maintaining good nutrition and hydration to keep people well and support their normal immune function during these challenging times.

Watch the video message from dietitian Lauren Dennis. Continue reading