Help your NHS as it experiences high demand

Tuesday 6th March, 2018

NHS services are extremely busy, and are working incredibly hard to make sure those that most need help can get the care and support they need.

Jeremy Mayhew, GP in Rustington and Clinical Lead for primary care at Coastal West Sussex Clinical Commissioning Group said:

“We are seeing high numbers of people who are very unwell and need specialist help from hospitals across our region.

“At this time, we would normally see fewer people needing this level of help but because of the cold weather and difficult conditions last week, the demand for local health services continues to be very high.

“NHS teams are working incredibly hard to look after those who need help, and we are calling for everyone to take steps to make sure those most unwell can receive the care they need.

“Think about whether you can get advice and support from one of our local pharmacies, speak to your GP practice, and remember that we have Bognor Regis Minor Injuries Unit and the Park Surgery in Littlehampton that can offer help during the week for minor injuries.”

A&E departments should only be used for healthcare emergencies.

Jane Farrell, chief operating officer at Western Sussex Hospitals, said:

“Following the cold snap, we continue to be extremely busy as we care for very high numbers of sick patients needing our support.

“Our hospital teams are working extraordinarily hard and doing all they can to treat people swiftly and return them back home, or to a more appropriate care setting, where their recovery will be better.

“It is not good for anyone to stay in hospital longer than is necessary and we would like to thank all the families and support services helping us to safely discharge patients as soon as they are ready to move on.”

The CCG and Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust are working together on an initiative to help people to move to a care home or supported housing once their treatment in hospital is complete.

Find out more about the Let's Get You Home initiative.