Western Sussex Hospitals have joined up with Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals to form a new NHS Foundation Trust for our area: University Hospitals Sussex.

You can keep using this website for information about St Richard’s, Worthing and Southlands hospitals but for our other sites and to find out more about the new trust please visit www.uhsussex.nhs.uk.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Current information and advice

Restrictions on attendance and visiting  |  Resuming services  |  Protecting yourself and others

COVID-19 Vaccination Programme

The phased roll-out of the COVID-19 vaccination programme is continuing across Sussex. The vaccination programme will continue to expand over the coming weeks and months as more vaccines becomes available.

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NHS 111 First

For medical advice when it is not a life-threatening emergency, please contact NHS 111 first. Call 111 or visit 111.nhs.uk.

They can direct you to the right place and can book a time slot for services at our Emergency Departments or Urgent Treatment Centres.

By calling 111 first you are making sure you are going to the most appropriate service for your needs – getting the right care in the right place in a more timely way.

If you or someone you know is experiencing a medical emergency, you can still attend the Emergency Department or call 999.

Providing COVID-safe care 

It’s safe and important to attend your appointment and seek help when needed. Unless you hear from the hospital directly, please attend as normal.

A&E: Our Accident & Emergency units are open as normal and are here for you in a medical emergency. For medical advice when it is not a life-threatening emergency, please contact NHS 111 first. Call 111 or visit 111.nhs.uk.

We have the capacity and resources to treat emergency patients and have separate areas for the safe care of people with and without COVID-19 symptoms. However, we are asking everyone attending A&E to come on their own unless they require a carer. Only one parent/carer should accompany a child.

Maternity: Information about our maternity services is available through the Family Assist support service:

Patient Information on visiting during the COVID-19 pandemic:

For updated guidance and information please go to www.uhsussex.nhs.uk/coronavirus/

Protect yourself and others

The safety of all our patients and staff is our top priority and we are confident in our procedures for responding to the spread of COVID-19.

Our staff are practised and skilled in treating patients with infectious diseases, we have robust infection control measures in place and are following the most up-to-date national guidance and procedures at all times.

However, we all have a part to play in protecting ourselves and others.

The best thing you can do to help stop the spread of coronavirus is to follow the latest government guidance on social distancing.

Please also follow Public Health England advice to:

  • Wash your hands when you get to work or arrive home, after you blow your nose, cough or sneeze, after using public transport, and before you eat or handle food
  • Use a tissue to catch your cough or sneeze. Then bin the tissue, and wash your hands, or use a sanitiser gel
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Avoid close contact with people who are unwell
  • Clean and disinfect regularly-touched objects and surfaces using your regular cleaning products

If you need information and advice about the early symptoms of coronavirus, please visit the NHS website at www.nhs.uk/coronavirus.

This should be your first stop for advice about the virus.

Please only call NHS 111 if you cannot get the help you need online, or

  • you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home,
  • your condition gets worse, or
  • your symptoms do not get better after 7 days.


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