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April 2023


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

You may have noticed something different about your newsletter this month. That's because we've given it a bit of a spring refresh.

Firstly, we've a wonderful picture of bluebells in Blackbrook Wood near Ditchling. Each month we’ll include a new image from the county we all love. Will you recognise the image from your corner of East Sussex?

Our ‘From the newsroom’ section will continue to bring you the latest news and updates from us and our health and wellbeing partners. This month, with so many Bank Holidays to enjoy, you’re reminded to make sure you have stocks of your medication at hand, and we've included a helpful guide on where to celebrate the Kings Coronation near you.

We’ve also added a section that takes a deeper look at the issues concerning you. This month, to mark Mental Health Week, we’ve looked at the supposed taboo around men asking for help with their mental health – a taboo that is fast disappearing, thankfully.

We hope you enjoy your ‘new look’ newsletter and a May packed with Bank Holiday fun.


From the newsroom...

Order repeat prescriptions to avoid running out this May 

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We hope you enjoyed your Bank Holiday, but with two more left in May you might want to start thinking about ordering your repeat prescriptions now to avoid running out of medication – especially if your pharmacy or GP surgery is closed or has reduced hours during those times.

Read more about how to get your prescription.


Enjoy a Royal knees-up: find a Coronation event near you

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There are many benefits to social interaction, from lightening your mood to improving your health. So why not enjoy a cream tea or join a street party at a community event near you to celebrate the Coronation of King Charles III?

Find an event near you.


Stay connected by getting help with your computer skills

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In this digital age we have become more connected to friends and loved ones through technology, which is why having good IT abilities has become increasingly important, especially for our health and wellbeing.

Sign up to improve your IT skills.


Don't forget to book your COVID-19 jab this spring

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Are you one of the more than 236,000 people eligible for their next COVID-19 jab in East Sussex?

If you are aged 75 and over, have a weakened immune system or live in an older adult care home you are invited to get your spring COVID-19 jab as part of the next phase of the NHS’s Covid vaccination programme.

Find out how to get your jab.


Removing the taboos: finding the courage to tackle your mental health

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Mental health awareness has come a long way in recent years. High profile campaigns with well-known people sharing their stories have all helped to reduce stigma, leading to record numbers of people deciding to ask for help to improve their mental health.

Yet despite improvements in mental health awareness and more and more people feeling comfortable asking for help when they need it, this is not true for everyone.

There is no shame in asking for help. It’s not a sign of weakness, it is a sign of strength.

You might not even know what is wrong (many people don’t), but just one conversation with the Health in Mind team can be hugely helpful, and be the start of a better future.

Learn more about men's mental health and how to access help

Your one-stop services directory...

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Get advice on symptoms and treatments and find your nearest services, including pharmacies, dentists, GPs, A&E and urgent care.


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Want to stay living at home but finding it difficult to cope or look after someone who couldn’t cope without you? Find out how Adult Social Care can help.


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Learn about the mental health services on offer or search for local care, support and wellbeing services on our 1Space directory.

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