Health and Social Care News East Sussex - your monthly update

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7 April, 2020

Welcome to the latest issue of Health and Social Care News East Sussex.

coronavirus: stay at home and save lives

Community hubs offer extra help in coping with coronavirus

Coronavirus: need help? Your community hub is here!

Community hubs have begun operating across East Sussex to bring extra help for people who need support in coping with the effects of coronavirus.

The hubs provide online forms and phone lines which anyone can contact to seek help if they are isolated, anxious or unwell at home and do not have family or friends they can call on.

Community hubs are operating in every part of the county, find out how to access their support.

Helping people take care of their mental health during the coronavirus outbreak

10 ways to look after your mental health

Senior psychologists from Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust are offering advice and guidance to help people take care of their mental health during the coronavirus crisis – and beyond.

Director of Psychology and Psychological Therapy, Dr Nick Lake has identified 10 top things which can help people look after themselves and others around them.

Read the tips here.

How are you keeping up to date on coronavirus information?

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Take part in the coronavirus information survey until 12 April.

At this time of crisis, it’s important people receive the right information, in a format that is right for them. The Clinical Commissioning  Groups (CCGs) in East Sussex want to understand how people get their information, so we can make sure we are covering all these channels. We also would like to know how people are linking into the huge amount of community support available at this time.

Take part in the survey.

Carry on sharing your feedback with Healthwatch East Sussex

Healthwatch East Sussex

Healthwatch East Sussex (HWES) are the local independent watchdog for health and care services. Healthwatch gather your views and experiences which help decision makers to develop better services.

Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, your health and care diary has rarely mattered more. Your NHS and social care services need to know what’s working for you, where the difficulties and gaps are and, if this happens again in the future, what could help services to work better for you or your family.

Read how you can share your feedback with HWES now and in the future.

Beware of COVID-19 scams

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Unscrupulous criminals are exploiting fears about COVID-19 to prey on members of the public, particularly older and vulnerable people who are isolated from family and friends.

National Trading Standards is warning people to remain vigilant following a rise in coronavirus-related scams that seek to benefit from the public’s concern and uncertainty over COVID-19.

Find out more about how to protect yourself.

Eastbourne Station Health Centre consultation update

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NHS Eastbourne, Hailsham and Seaford Clinical Commissioning Group would like to thank everyone who has already given their views about the CCGs consultation into the future of Eastbourne Station Health Centre.

The CCG launched the twelve week consultation before the COVID-19 pandemic began and this has had a significant impact on the consultation plans.

The decision has now been made to pause the consultation process completely. This will be kept under review and will be reviewed initially after 30 days, keeping people informed of next steps.  

All the feedback received so far will be retained and considered before a final decision is made, after the remainder of the public consultation concludes later in the year.

Visit the website for more information.

A new way of working for Clinical Commissioning Groups across Sussex

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From 1 April the three Clinical Commissioning Groups in East Sussex merged to become one - the NHS East Sussex CCG. This new way of working will help improve how NHS services are planned, paid for and monitored across local health and care services.

Learn more about the change.

Keeping up to date...

If you are unwell or worried about contracting coronavirus follow the latest NHS advice, found on the NHS website. For the latest government advice and guidance visit

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