Coronavirus: Information and advice

12pm 12 February 2020

Message from Deputy Chief Executive and Chief Medical Officer Dr George Findlay:

“All services at Worthing Hospital, including our emergency department, remain open. Patients with planned appointments and surgery should also attend as normal. 

“As soon as it was confirmed that a healthcare worker from our A&E department was one of the eight confirmed Coronavirus cases, Public Health England immediately began contacting all patients and staff who came into close contact with them. They are now being advised on the precautions they need to take. 

“It’s important to stress that if you do need emergency care, our experienced and skilled staff are here for you. But we are asking people to help minimise pressure on A&E services by using alternative options for treatment of non-emergency conditions wherever possible.  

“I am hugely proud of everyone working across our hospitals today and every day to provide the highest standards of care for all our patients.”​


10am 12 February 2020

All services at Worthing Hospital, including surgery and outpatient appointments, are operating normally. We would like to ask the public to help minimise pressure on A&E services by using alternative options for treatment of non-emergency conditions whenever possible.

On Tuesday 11 February, we confirmed that a healthcare worker working in the Accident & Emergency (A&E) Unit at Worthing Hospital tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19).

They treated a small number of patients on the 4th and 5th February before they became unwell, followed advice and self-isolated.

Public Health England (PHE) is contacting all patients seen by this individual and all colleagues who came into close contact with them, to advise on the precautions they need to take.

The hospital is also following PHE guidance to minimise the risk of the virus spreading.

Anyone who is concerned can contact NHS 111 for advice. Please do not attend A&E if you are experiencing symptoms.

Everyone is reminded to follow PHE advice:

  • Always carry tissues with you and use them to catch your cough or sneeze. Then bin the tissue, and wash your hands, or use a sanitiser gel.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after using public transport.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are unwell.

Information from the Department of Health and Social Care and Public Health England

  1. Situation in the UK
  2. Information about the virus
  3. Advice for travellers
  4. Summary of action taken
  5. Diagnosis and analysis
  6. Further information

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