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Covid hospital admissions beginning to fall

Friday January 29, 2021

The number of patients with Covid-19 at Western Sussex Hospitals has begun to fall, from a peak of 268 patients on 19 January, to 234 patients by 26 January at Worthing Hospital and St Richard’s Hospital, in Chichester.

Cresting wave 3 of the pandemic is excellent news, and our staff wish to thank everyone supporting the lockdown and helping save lives. But this is no time for complacency. 

Chief executive, Dame Marianne Griffiths, said: “All the evidence suggests Covid is now on the retreat. Our numbers are reducing and new cases in the community have fallen to half their recent peak levels.

“Lockdown, and all the sacrifices everyone is making, are working. So now is the time to remain vigilant and stay home, save lives, and follow the Hands | Face | Space guidance at all times.

everyone’s collective actions are making a difference – thank you

“We can see that everyone’s collective actions are making a difference – thank you.”

Hospital admissions may be falling, but they remain high at nearly three times the peak of the first wave last year.

Consequently, NHS staff are yet to experience the respite everyone hopes Covid’s retreat and the mass vaccination campaign will ultimately bring.   

Dave Miller, chair of the Sussex Resilience Forum, said: “Nationally, infection rates are starting to fall, but we are continuing to see rates within the over 60s rise.

“The general picture across Sussex is one of improvement and we are seeing early signs of a reduction in the number of cases of Covid-19 but our hospitals are still experiencing immense pressures due to the demand on beds.”

To #KeepSusseSafe, people in Sussex are urged to heed the following guidance and information:

  • You must stay at home. This is the single most important action we can all take to protect the NHS and save lives.
  • You must not leave your home unless necessary.
  • Stay 2 metres apart from anyone not in your household or bubble.
  • NHS services are currently extremely busy and demand continues to rise due to higher rates of COVID-19 in our communities.
  • For urgent medical help, contact NHS 111 online or by phone. Please only call 999 in the event of a medical emergency.
  • The Sussex Mental Healthline offers crisis care 24 hours a day, seven days a week on 0300 5000 101.
  • Where there are blatant breaches and reckless flouting of regulations police will intervene and take enforcement action.
Caption: Our thanks to illustrator Mai Thomas (Art by Mai) for the Covid cloud in retreat picture.

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