What people in Sussex told Healthwatch about their views on the NHS Long Term Plan

Healthwatch East Sussex has published a report describing what 648 people said matters most to them about the NHS in Sussex. The report is part of a national review NHS England and Healthwatch England asked local Healthwatch organisations to undertake. Continue reading

Celebrating Older People’s Day 2019

Image of the Older People's Day 2019 events programme front cover - a bunch of colourful balloons above the words 'Let's Celebrate! Older People's Day in East Sussex 2019'It’s almost time for the Older People’s Day celebrations to begin and there are a huge range of events taking place across the county throughout September and October.

You can find out what’s happening by picking up the ‘Let’s Celebrate!’ booklet available from various locations across the county, including libraries and council offices, or download your copy here:

‘Let’s Celebrate!’ Older People’s Day 2019 booklet (opens new window) (Adobe PDF, 7645k) – events programme

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“Priceless” home improvements to help keep East Sussex residents warm this winter

Despite the heat wave, it’s not too soon to plan ahead for winter

Given the recent soaring temperatures, it certainly doesn’t seem like the time to be worrying about winter. However, spending the cooler months in a cold, damp home can have a huge impact on our physical and mental health, causing more frequent coughs and colds, as well as more serious health conditions such as heart attacks, strokes, pneumonia and depression.

That’s why the East Sussex Warm Home Check service is encouraging people to plan ahead and think about preparing their home for winter. Continue reading

Thousands of people in East Sussex set to benefit from improved GP care

Patients visiting their GP in East Sussex will be offered better access to specialist health services, as part of the NHS Long Term Plan.

Surgeries and practices across East Sussex will come together to form teams offering patients more convenient access to treatment and support from physios, therapists and other professionals. By giving more people access to different types of care, the new Primary Care Networks (PCNs) will free up family doctors’ time to devote more time and attention to the sickest patients. Continue reading

Role of joint working highlighted in improvements to our system

Two of our East Sussex Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) and East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust (ESHT) have had their recent financial progress recognised by NHS Improvement and NHS England, as the Trust was removed from special measures for financial reasons and the commissioners were removed from legal directions. Both the Chief Executive of the CCGs and the Chief Executive of ESHT highlighted the hard work and commitment of staff and the role that joined up working had played in the improvements. Continue reading

Charities want to hear from LGBTQ people living with cancer in Sussex and East Surrey

Switchboard, connecting you to LGBTQ supportMacmillan Cancer Support and Switchboard have launched two surveys, to get a better understanding of the needs and experiences of LGBTQ people living with cancer in Sussex and East Surrey. This includes people who are going through treatment, approaching the end of treatment, or who have finished treatment. Continue reading

Share your views on how East Sussex County Council support working age adults

East Sussex County Council logoEast Sussex County Council is asking for views on their plans to better support working age adults, and to make sure their limited budget is spent most effectively.

This follows research which showed that for working age adults, the council spends more on packages of care than similar local authorities, and that more people receive long-term care and care in a residential setting than similar areas. The council think they can improve the way they support working age adults, to build on people’s strengths and maximise their independence, and achieve better and more cost effective care. Continue reading

Your invitation to East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust’s Annual General Meeting

East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust is inviting local people and partner organisations to their Annual General Meeting on the 6 August at the Hastings Centre, in Hastings from 12.30 to 16:30. If you’d like to attend please click on this Eventbrite link to register and fill in your details. Continue reading

Dedicated volunteers making a difference in health and care across East Sussex

The word volunteer is spelt out with different coloured balloonsDid you know there are thousands of volunteers who give their time for free to improve people’s experience of local health and care services?

In June organisations across East Sussex said a big thank you to these dedicated individuals, and all the hardworking volunteers in the county, as part of Volunteers Week and Patient Participation Week. These campaigns raise the profile of our volunteers, and aim to inspire others to get involved in a broad range of volunteering opportunities. Continue reading