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Local Health Network News: September 2020

Keep safe West Sussex 

People are being reminded to keep West Sussex safe as restrictions to prevent the spread of Covid-19 continue to be eased. Many shops, restaurants and venues such as gyms have reopened but it is important to continue to follow the following guidelines:
  • Wash your hands regularly with soap or hand sanitiser.
  • Keep a good distance from people not in your household - two metres if possible.
  • Wear a face covering on public transport, in hospitals and when you are going to confined spaces where it’s not possible to keep a safe social distance, including shops and supermarkets.
  • If you have symptoms (a new persistent cough, high temperature, changes in your sense of smell or taste), please get tested. Visit or call 119. If you or your household are asked to self-isolate, then please do so.
West Sussex County Council recently published a local outbreak plan which sets out how local and national organisations will respond should there be an increase of Covid-19 cases in the county. 

Let's get you home 

Following the Government’s Covid-19 discharge guidance in March, Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Trust (WSHFT) have been working in a different way to reduce the time patients wait to leave hospital and to free up beds for those that need them.

The ‘discharge to assess’ model relies on teams across many organisations to work better together to make sure patients are safe to leave hospital and that care, support or assessments are in place at the right time. 

Benefits of this new way of working have been significant including an 86% reduction* in the average number of people waiting to be discharged on any one day, compared to February this year. WSHFT are keen to develop this way of working going forward.

The CCG is currently reviewing how hospitals across Sussex discharge their patients. If you would like to share your experience of being discharged during Covid-19 - what worked well, what didn't work well - to help inform this review, please get in touch with the Public Involvement team

* data from July 2020

Quit for better health

Covid-19 is a respiratory infection, it affects the lungs and airways. Quitting smoking is the best thing you can do to protect yourself and others, and reduce the impact on NHS services.

There are many reasons why stopping smoking is beneficial, including: 
  • reducing the risk of complications if you get sick;
  • protecting children or other family members from the effects of secondhand smoke;
  • increased sense of taste and smell;
  • improved blood circulation which will make physical activity, such as walking, much easier;
  • being smoke-free not only adds years to your life, but also greatly improves your chances of a disease-free, mobile, happier old age.

If you’re trying to quit, you don’t have to do it alone, help is available from your local Wellbeing teams who can offer tailored advice and support via the telephone. Contact your local Wellbeing team to book a telephone appointment with a stop smoking advisor.

Have your say - Patient Transport Service 

Healthwatch in Sussex are working on behalf of Sussex NHS Commissioners to gather experiences of using Non-Emergency Patient Transport Services.

Non-Emergency Patient Transport Services (PTS) cover all of Sussex and provide pre-bookable transport to and from health appointments to eligible patients. The service currently provides around 25,000 journeys per month.

If you or someone you know or care for have applied or used the current service and have ideas for how it can be improved in the future please complete a short survey. Your ideas will help inform the commissioning of a future service.

If you would prefer to share an individual story you can contact Healthwatch directly.

The survey will close on 20 September and Healthwatch are encouraging people to take part by offering a prize draw to win one of five £25 gift vouchers.

Finance Directors appointed 

Two Directors of Finance have been appointed to support the ambitious plans of the Sussex health and care system. 
  • Jo Gooch has been appointed as Director of Finance (System Finance and Strategy)
  • Carla Moody has been appointed as Director of Finance (Sussex Commissioning)
The appointments have been made by Sussex NHS Commissioners, the three clinical commissioning groups in Sussex – NHS Brighton and Hove CCG, NHS East Sussex CCG and NHS West Sussex CCG. 

Chris Adcock, Chief Finance Officer for the three Sussex CCGs, said:

We are delighted to appoint Jo and Carla in these important roles to help us continue the significant progress we have made as CCGs and more widely across the system in terms of financial sustainability"

Get involved 

There are a range of national (and international) campaigns and awareness days happening in September that you may want to get involved with or show your support for. Here is a selection:

7 - 13 September | Organ donation week | The campaign aims to encourage people to join the NHS Organ Donor Register and to share their donation decision. 

7 - 13 September | Know your numbers week | The Blood Pressure UK's flagship blood pressure testing and awareness campaign encourages adults to know their blood pressure numbers and take the necessary action to reach and maintain a healthy blood pressure. 

10 September | World Suicide Prevention Day | Promoting worldwide action and commitment to prevent suicides. Help is available across Sussex for people who are thinking about suicide or are concerned about someone else.

13 September | World sepsis day | This is an annual awareness day and an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against sepsis.

25 September | Macmillan coffee morning | Host your own coffee morning to raise awareness and help Macmillan to support more people living with cancer.

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