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NHS expecting large turnout for Pride and preparing for busy weekend

Thursday 2nd August, 2018

People attending Pride this weekend are being called on to #HelpMyNHS and those not attending are being asked to use services wisely.

Hundreds of thousands of people join together in Brighton each summer for one of the UK’s biggest summer Pride celebrations, and this can add extra pressure on local health services.

The local NHS is calling on revellers to look after themselves, so they don’t need avoidable medical attention and add to pressures on local health and care services, saving them for those in the most need:

Make sure you never burn by finding shade between 11am and 3pm, cover up (wear t-shirt and hat) and apply at least factor 20 sunscreen every few hours.  Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of cold drinks, and avoid excess alcohol, caffeine and hot drinks.  You can find more advice on staying well in hot weather in our Your Care section.

If you are attending Pride and need NHS help

If anyone does feel unwell and needs non-urgent medical attention:

  • First Aid tents are available to all at Marine Parade and Pleasure Gardens
  • For ticket holders, there are two on site first aid posts in Preston Park
  • Visit the Brighton Station Walk in Centre to be seen without an appointment, including for minor injuries and sexual health advice
  • Go to a late night pharmacist
  • Call NHS 111

If you are not attending and need NHS help this weekend

NHS services are already busy going into this weekend, and so people are being asked to be sensible in the hot weather predicted for this weekend and use NHS services wisely.

If you do need NHS help, please think to call NHS 111 to get the most appropriate advice and support, and be directed to the service that can best help you and meet your needs.

People with non-urgent medical problems can visit www.sussexhelpmy.nhs.uk which highlights these local alternatives to A&E visits, and is tailored to include listings on services available to the public across Sussex.

How to contact the communications team

You can reach our communication team by:

  • Calling – 01903 707447
  • Emailing – contactus.coastal@nhs.net
  • Writing to – Communications Team, NHS Coastal West Sussex CCG, 1 The Causeway, Goring-by-Sea, West Sussex, BN12 6BT