Eastbourne Station Health Centre consultation update

On 1 April, when NHS East Sussex Clinical Commissioning Group made their initial decision to pause the public consultation into the future of Eastbourne Station Health Centre due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the CCG said they would review this after 30 days.

Following a thorough assessment of the situation, and in line with government guidance, the CCG have now made the decision to extend this pause for another month. This will be reviewed again again at the end of May, and people will be kept informed of next steps.

People can continue to participate in the consultation online, and all the feedback received will be retained and considered before a final decision is made, after the remainder of the public consultation concludes later in the year.

GP services continue to provide care in East Sussex

GP practices across East Sussex have transformed the way they work to ensure local people remain safe and get the care they need during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The safety of patients and practice staff is a priority, and new measures have been introduced to help anyone with COVID-19 symptoms, who doesn’t need hospital treatment, to access GP services safely. Continue reading

Mental health resources and support

Knowing where to get mental health support during the COVID-19 pandemic is really important. Many people will want to know how to maintain good mental health, or be worried about their own mental health or the mental health of someone close to them. Fortunately, there is a range of support available you can access to support mental wellbeing. Continue reading

Domestic abuse – you are not alone

Following the Government guidance and staying at home during the COVID-19 pandemic isn’t easy for anyone, but it is particularly difficult if you are living with an abuser.

The stay-at-home instruction does not apply if you need to leave home to escape domestic abuse. Continue reading

Have your say on life under lockdown

Healthwatch East Sussex (HWES), the local independent health and care watchdog, has launched a COVID-19 Survey to ask residents of East Sussex about their experiences of health, care and wellbeing services during lockdown. Continue reading

Send a message to a loved one

East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust (ESHT) are supporting family and friends to share messages with their loved ones who are in hospital while visiting to hospitals is being restricted during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Patients at Bexhill Irvine Unit, Conquest Hospital, Eastbourne DGH and Rye, Winchelsea and District Memorial Hospital can now receive messages of support from their loved ones in new ways – by virtual post box or by sending a ‘Comfort Pebble’. Continue reading

NHS: We are here if you need us

There is growing evidence showing that people are ignoring health concerns and putting off coming into hospital during the COVID-19 pandemic, even if they need urgent or emergency help.

East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust (ESHT) have released a message to residents to reassure people that the NHS is still here for those who need it. Watch this short video from Dr David Walker, ESHT Medical Director, about the steps ESHT are taking to keep people safe, and what to do if you need healthcare. Continue reading

Youth campaign gives quality, fun info during lockdown

Young people in East Sussex are being helped to survive the lockdown with a new social media campaign run by their peers.

The campaign, ‘STAY’, is aimed at giving quality information to young people – STAY well, STAY informed, STAY home, STAY sunny.

It includes tips about how keep up with school work at home, myth busting about the virus, as well as fun stories to stay positive during the lockdown period.  It brings quality-checked information, advice and guidance in one place. Continue reading

Easier access to telephone GP appointments for d/Deaf people

Deaf people across East Sussex are set to benefit from a new Video Relay Service (VRS), which has gone live in all GP practices and offers telephone consultations to British Sign Language (BSL) users.

The new, improved service will see GP practices being able to offer the consultations with support from Signlive, a free to download App that connects the caller to a fully qualified interpreter before connecting to the recipient. Continue reading

Additional support for people needing urgent help with their mental health

People across Sussex struggling with their mental health during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak are being offered additional telephone and crisis support to help them cope.

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust has expanded the Sussex Mental Healthline – 0300 5000 101 – to provide a 24/7 service to people needing urgent help with their mental health.

As well as crisis support it will provide psychological support to people who have general concerns about their mental health. Continue reading