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.
Healthwatch want to hear from as many people in East Sussex as possible before the surveys close on the 7th June. The more responses received, the greater our understanding will be.
How to take part:
● Adult survey (over 18) online: healthwatcheastsussex.co.uk/covid19survey/
● Young People’s Survey (Aged 11-18) online:
● By phone: 0333 101 4007 (lines open Mon-Fri 10am-2pm)
● By post: Freepost RTTT-BYBX-KCEY, Healthwatch East Sussex, Greencoat House, 32 St Leonards Road, Eastbourne, East Sussex, BN21 3UT
● Download a paper survey: Visit the relevant weblink above.
The findings from the surveys will be published on the Healthwatch East Sussex website. Health and social care service providers will also be informed of the survey results and Healthwatch East Sussex will publish any changes made in response to what you say.
So far, over 1,000 residents from across the county have taken part, providing invaluable information on the impact that social distancing, the lockdown and changes to services have had on their day-to-day lives.
A snapshot of the findings so far shows:
● People are struggling to access dental treatment
● There is confusion over Government advice on Covid-19
● People feel socially isolated with concerns for their physical and mental wellbeing
● Significant anxiety over the health of loved ones, finances, future plans and medical treatment
● Less consumption of fast food and takeaways
● Reduced physical activity and good quality sleep
The Director of Healthwatch East Sussex, John Routledge said:
“It is really important that the public continue to let us know when health and care services are working well and when they are facing challenges that impact upon their wellbeing.
We are keen to hear from as many people as possible so that we can better understand the impact of COVID-19.
The information we receive will be shared with service providers and decision-makers to help ensure that they are aware of the issues people are experiencing and respond appropriately.”