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Covid hospital admissions more than three times first wave peak

Friday January 15, 2021

Our hospital teams are currently caring for 260 patients with Covid-19, which is more than three times the peak experienced during the first wave of the pandemic in April 2020.

Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is working closely with partners across Sussex to admit, care for and discharge the rising number of patients in need of acute hospital care at this difficult time.

At around 680 people in every 100,000, the number of people with Covid in West Sussex is very high. To help the health service help you, and to #KeepSussexSafe, please follow this advice:

  • Please stay home and only leave your house for essential purposes, such as food, work, exercise or to seek medical attention.
  • Use NHS services wisely and use the NHS 111 service first if you are unsure what to do.
  • Please be patient for your vaccine. A huge programme is underway and you’ll be contacted when it is your turn to be vaccinated.
  • Attend your medical appointments, unless you are told otherwise or are shielding.
  • Please look after yourself. We know things are challenging, but support is available.


Our staff have planned thoroughly and introduced many changes to separate Covid wards from non-Covid areas of our hospitals, and we continue to innovate and adapt in order to meet demand.

The health system, however, is under unprecedented pressure which unfortunately is now affecting the delivery of a number of non-urgent patient services.

We’re asking supporters to help save lives by staying home

For instance, to ensure we can care for the high numbers of patients we are seeing, we have taken the difficult decision to postpone some routine planned procedures. 

This allows us to move staff between departments and support critical care and Covid-19 wards. We are also postponing or changing the way we provide many outpatient appointments.

All patients affected by these changes are being contacted directly. If you do not hear from your care team, please assume your treatment is going ahead and attend as normal.

Chief medical officer, Dr George Findlay, said: “We are sorry we have had to take these steps and do understand the impact these decisions have on patients, families and carers.

“This decision is never taken lightly but will ensure we are able to treat patients who need urgent care quickly while maintaining the highest standards of safety for all our patients.

“While we do have these plans in place to ensure we can look after more COVID-19 patients, our hospitals are now extremely busy and our workforce is understandably tired and in need of people’s support. 

“We’re asking supporters to help save lives by staying home. Please help us help you, by supporting this new national lockdown. Thank you.”

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