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Our latest press releases (full archive available from the links on the left):
Report focuses on health and wellbeing in East Sussex
The latest annual report from East Sussex Director of Public Health Dr Diana Grice Health and Well-being in East Sussex, sets out six key health priorities for East Sussex, examines lifestyle trends over the last twenty years and reviews the most effective ways healthcare professionals can help behaviour change in areas such as smoking, exercise and mental wellbeing.
Figures show drop in teenage pregnancy in East Sussex
Teenage pregnancy is continuing to fall in East Sussex, thanks to some innovative work from the local NHS and East Sussex County Council.
Grants to Support Local Communities in East Sussex
Up to £8 million is being made available to organisations which provide services and strengthen local communities in East Sussex.
Extending patient choice of Any Qualified Provider
Consultation to identify prioritiy services for extending patient choice of Any Qualified Provider
Campaign to promote early diagnosis of bowel cancer
GPs and pharmacists across Sussex are supporting a major campaign aimed at tackling bowel cancer.
Dont forget your cervical screening test Cervical Cancer Awareness Week 22 28 January 2012
Women aged 25 - 64 are being urged to take up their regular cervical screening tests during Cervical Cancer Awareness Week.
Couch to 5k plan launched
Sussex health chiefs are inviting the countys couch potatoes to turn New Year fitness resolutions into reality with the help of a two month beginners running plan.
NHS Sussex Board Meeting
The next meeting of the NHS Sussex Board will take place at 1pm on Tuesday 24 January 2012 in the Goodwood room, at 1 The Causeway in Worthing.
Seeking patient views on vascular services in Sussex
Patients are being asked for their views as plans are developed to improve services across Sussex for people who need vascular surgery.
People in Sussex urged to stay healthy during cold winter
With icy mornings and colder weather now upon us, the NHS in Sussex is urging people to follow some simple advice to help to stay healthy during the winter months.
Everyone reminded you dont always need antibiotics to beat your bugs this winter
People in Sussex are being reminded you dont always need antibiotics to stay well and healthy this winter.
NHS Sussex Board meeting
The third meeting of the NHS Sussex Board will take place at 1pm on Thursday 01 December at 36-38 Friars Walk in Lewes.
Community diabetes dietition for Lewes and Havens area
GPs in the Lewes and the Havens area are funding a specialist community dietitian for two years to assess the effectiveness of providing a local dietetic service for patients with type 2 diabetes and those with a high risk of developing it.
Get the jab that could save your life
The NHS in Sussex is today urging people at risk of flu to get protected and have the vaccine.
Sussex Immunisation Week: Boosting the health of children and young people
Booster vaccinations which protect young children and teenagers from potentially serious diseases are being highlighted as part of Sussex Immunisation Week, which starts 10 October.
Do something nice for World Mental Health Day
To mark World Mental Health Day on 10 October, NHS Sussex is encouraging people to do something nice for a friend or a stranger.
As popular soap highlights cervical cancer, Sussex women urged to have regular cervical screening tests
As a storyline in a popular soap highlights the issue of cervical cancer, public health teams in Sussex are urging women to have regular cervical screening tests (see notes).
Innovative campaign helps to reduce teenage pregnancy
A campaign designed by young people has helped to achieve an 11% reduction in teenage pregnancy in East Sussex.
All welcome to attend AGM
The two primary care trusts (PCTs) in East Sussex are holding their annual general meetings (AGM) at the end of September.
Thousands of smokers stub out across Sussex
Thousands of smokers are now smoke-free in Sussex thanks to the support on offer from NHS Stop Smoking services.
Latest cervical screening clinics at Lewes Victoria Hospital
Appointments are being offered for the latest cervical screening clinics at Lewes Victoria Hospital on Tuesday 23 August and Tuesday 27 September.
Have your say on patient transport across Sussex
NHS Sussex wants to improve the non-urgent Patient Transport Service (PTS).
Health visitor recruitment in East Sussex
The NHS in East Sussex has launched a major recruitment drive to increase the number of health visitors to help support children and families
NHS Sussex calls for better awareness and testing to address 'silent killers'
On Thursday 28 July NHS Sussex will join millions of people across the world in marking World Hepatitis Day 2011.
Don't waste your holiday waiting in A&E for something simple
With the summer holidays here, the NHS in Sussex is making sure that people know how and where to get health care and treatment if they need it while out and about in the UK.
First meeting of the NHS Sussex Board
First meeting of the newly established NHS Sussex Board will take place at 2pm on Thursday 28 July at the Spotlight Room, The Hawth, Crawley.
Local Place Survey: Our Work, Your Life
Local Place Survey - share your views with the NHS and Hastings Borough Council.
Denise Harker appointed Chair
Denise Harker has been appointed as the Chair of the NHS Sussex Board
Caring matters at the end of life
The NHS and Adult Social Care have joined forces to help people get the best care available, where they want, at the end of their lives.
Know where to go for health care advice over the holidays
With the April and May bank holiday weekends fast approaching, the NHS wants to make sure people know how and where to get health care and treatment if they need it.
Update on the prescribing of gluten free products
NHS East Sussex Downs and Weald and NHS Hastings and Rother statement on the prescribing of gluten free products
Launch of one-stop shop
A NEW one-stop shop offering free support to people who want to stop smoking and other health advice opens in the Langney shopping centre, Eastbourne, on Friday (18 March).
East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust gets the go-ahead
NHS South East Coast the strategic health authority for Kent, Surrey and Sussex, gave its approval on Tuesday (29 March) for the integration of East Sussex Community Health Services and East Sussex Hospitals NHS Trust.
Chaplain at Uckfield Hospital retires
Colleagues gathered at Uckfield Community Hospital today (18th March) to bid farewell to Rev. Canon Bill Peters, who is retiring after 42 years as Chaplain at the hospital.
5 a day boost in Hastings
A new scheme to boost the availability and promotion of fruit and vegetables in Hastings is being launched at Cappers Spar Store, St Helens Down today (Thursday 17th March).
New NHS Chair appointed
Charles Everett has been appointed as Chair of NHS East Sussex Downs and Weald by the Appointments Commission.
NEW CAMPAIGN LAUNCHED TO REDUCE INFANT DEATHS IN EAST SUSSEX
A new 'Safe Sleep' campaign is being launched in East Sussex (17th February 2011) to help prevent the sudden and unexpected deaths of babies in the county.
Local NHS leaders step up to challenge of reform
It was announced today that the NHS in Sussex is making progress with its plans to implement the Governments health reforms, in preparation for the passing of the Health Bill by MPs in Parliament.
Get FREE NHS advice on getting healthier in 2011
Having trouble sticking to your New Years resolutions? Want to give up smoking, eat a healthier diet and take more exercise, but dont know how to get started? Well, help is at hand.
Free expert advice on dementia
The local NHS and Alzheimers Society are teaming up to offer advice and information on dementia. They have organised two road shows in Eastbourne and Hastings where staff will be on hand to offer advice on a range of issues.
Hastings project awarded funding to empower women from disadvantaged communities through sport
Over 3,000 women living in Hastings and Rother are to be given new opportunities to take part in sport, thanks to a £275,000 National Lottery grant.
End of an era - Matron Sue retires after over three decades at Uckfield Hospital
A host of well-wishers, including staff and patients from past and present, were on hand to give Matron Sue Adams a warm send off into retirement (Fri 21st Jan 2011).
Quit smoking in 2011 with NHS support
If your New Year resolution is to quit smoking, free NHS support can improve your chances of becoming a healthier and wealthier ex-smoker.
Hospital boosted by new 7 days a week X-ray service
Patients using Uckfield Community Hospital are set to benefit from a new expanded X-ray service which will be available every day of the week, including weekends, from this Saturday (8th January 2011).
Upgrade to operating theatre at Lewes Vic
Work gets underway later this month to improve the operating theatre at the Lewes Victoria Hospital.
Chair of NHS Hastings and Rother re-appointed
Charles Everett has been re-appointed as Chair of NHS Hastings and Rother by the Appointments Commission.
How to cope with winter viruses
Are you or a friend or relative suffering from one of the winter viruses that are circulating at the moment? Theres a lot you can do, sometimes with NHS help and support, to look after yourself and aid your recovery.
Reminder to use full range of NHS services.
With the winter illness season fully underway people in East Sussex are being urged to choose the right NHS service for them.
NHS minor injury units open throughout the Festive period
The NHS Minor Injuries Units (MIUs) at the Lewes Victoria, Uckfield and Crowborough hospitals will be open from 8am to 8pm every day, including Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day.
Know your limits this Christmas
Have Fun, Stay Safe - thats the advice being given to people who are taking part in this years seasonal party celebrations.
Stay safe at Christmas
Tips for staying safe and having fun at Christmas
Update on Dr Jim Oliver, Uckfield
Update on Dr Jim Oliver, Uckfield
Hastings NHS Walk In Centre open throughout the Festive period
Hastings Walk In Centre will be open from 8am to 8pm every day, including Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day.
Eastbourne Station Health Centre open throughout the Festive period
Eastbourne Station Health Centre will be open from 8am to 8pm every day, including Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day. The centre is located on the main concourse at Eastbourne Railway Station.
Dont help spread the norovirus
People in East Sussex are being urged to play their part in reducing the spread of germs and bugs.
3 December 2010 - Update on impact of snow on local NHS services
Latest information on NHS services open today
2 Dec 2010 - Help keep the NHS in East Sussex going through the snow
People across East Sussex are urged to stay safe and to choose well if they need medical treatment as the county faces more snow and freezing emperatures.
2 Dec 2010 - Important winter advice from the NHS
Advice from the NHS on staying safe and well during the poor weather
2 Dec 2010 - Update on impact of snow local services
Update on local NHS services during the adverse weather
Living with diabetes education sessions to be held at fire station
Education sessions for people with newly diagnosed type 2 diabetes are now being provided monthly at the Conquest Hospital and The Ridge Fire Station, thanks to a new partnership between NHS Hastings and Rother and East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service.
Reminder to Stay warm, stay well during cold snap and beyond
With freezing weather conditions set to continue, the local NHS is reminding people to think of the needs of friends, elderly relatives and neighbours who could be at risk.
Latest date for cervical screening clinic at Lewes Victoria Hospital
Appointments are being offered for the latest cervical screening clinic at Lewes Victoria Hospital.
WORLD AIDS DAY MARKED BY LITERATURE IN EAST SUSSEX
A book of poetry and short stories, written by people from across East Sussex, has been launched to help raise awareness of the HIV virus, as well as World AIDS Day (1 December 2010).
Three quarters of vulnerable people are failing to protect themselves against flu this winter
Only around 1 in 4 people in the at risk groups from flu have taken the opportunity to have the free seasonal flu vaccine this year in East Sussex.
Local nurse receives national accolade
A nurse from Hastings has been awarded the prestigious title of Queens Nurse from the Queens Nursing Institute.
HASTINGS AND ROTHER RESIDENTS URGED TO USE NHS DIRECT THIS WINTER FOR HEALTH INFORMATION AND ADVICE
NHS Direct and NHS Hastings and Rother are encouraging local people to consider using NHS Direct over the busy winter period so that they can get the advice they need quickly and easily, and allow other local health services to remain available for those who need them most.
Self Care Week across Sussex
The NHS across Sussex is supporting Self Care Week which will run from Monday 15 November. The awareness-raising week aims to encourage people to take greater control over their own health and wellbeing.
More support for people with long term conditions in Heathfield & Uckfield
A new service has been set up to help and support patients with long term health conditions in Heathfield, Uckfield and the surrounding area.
Team from NHS Hastings and Rother aiming to scoop top national award
Staff from NHS Hastings and Rother are in the running to win a national honour.
Free NHS advice on how to get the most from life
An NHS road show is coming to the Arndale Shopping Centre in Eastbourne, offering advice and information on staying active and independent.
Rotary Club cash boost for new scanner at Lewes Victoria Hospital
Fundraising efforts to buy a new bladder scanner for patients at the Lewes Victoria Hospital have been given a big helping hand.
Hospital Friends thanked for gift of new hi-tech beds
Staff and patients at the Lewes Victoria Hospital have been expressing their thanks to the local League of Friends.
Funding boost for End of life care in East Sussex.
Services and support for local people who are approaching the end of their lives are set to receive a cash boost of over £300,000
New emotional wellbeing website for people of East Sussex
Health in Mind, a community-based mental health service in East Sussex, has launched a new wellbeing website offering information for people to assess, understand and improve their mental health.
NHS and Council join forces on new guide to local health services
East Sussex County Council and the local NHS have teamed up on the latest guide to health services in the county.
More time to have your say on local pharmacy services
A public consultation on local pharmacy services has been extended until the end of the year.
Lewes Victoria Hospital welcomes visitors from China
Staff at the Lewes Victoria Hospital have welcomed some special visitors this week (27th October)
Special 'spa day' in Eastbourne for women of different cultures and backgrounds
A spa day for women in Eastbourne from black, asian and other minority ethnic backgrounds is being held, all with the aim of helping to promote health and well being in communities who are less likely to access health services.
Boost for NHS Minor Injuries Units at Lewes, Uckfield and Crowborough.
An intake of new staff is set to bolster the services offered by the Minor Injuries Units (MIUs) at Lewes, Uckfield and Crowborough hospitals.
People in East Sussex urged to use full range of NHS services.
Getting the right care in the right place is better for patients and better for the NHS as it helps to make the best use of resources
NHS Hastings and Rother scoops top prize at Best of Health Awards 2010
Staff from NHS Hastings and Rother are celebrating after their work was recognised at the South East Coast regions Best of Health Awards 2010, meaning they now have a chance to win a national honour.
Work of local nurse praised
A nurse who supports people in Eastbourne and South Wealden who have multiple sclerosis has been recognised for her hard work and dedication at the South East Coast regions Best of Health Awards 2010.
Hard hitting figures for East Sussex highlight the damage alcohol can cause in young people.
More than 80 young people a year in East Sussex are admitted to hospital with serious alcohol related conditions.
New Health Centre in Buxted gets the go ahead
A new Health Centre in Buxted has been given the green light by the local NHS.
New physiotherapy treatment room opens at Uckfield Hospital
A new purpose built room to provide physiotherapy to patients is being opened (15 October 2010) at Uckfield Hospital, all thanks to a generous donation from a local benefactor via the League of Friends.
11 October 2010 - Parenting support to help young families in Eastbourne
New parents and their children in Eastbourne stand to benefit from a new support programme that has been launched by East Sussex County Council and the NHS.
6 October - Public Health Annual Report published
A hard hitting report has set out a clear picture of the causes of health inequalities in East Sussex, what is being done to tackle the key issues, as well as what needs to be done to enable residents to live longer, healthier lives.
5 October 2010 - New look for sexual health campaign
The campaign to raise awareness of sexual health issues among young people in East Sussex is to get a fresh look.
29 September 2010 - Protect yourself against flu this winter
As winter approaches people most at risk of developing serious complications from seasonal flu are being urged to take advantage of a free jab.
13 September 2010 - Your views wanted on local pharmacy services
The NHS wants to know what you think about pharmacy services in your area.
23 September 2010 - Latest dates for cervical screening clinics at Lewes Victoria Hospital
Appointments are being offered for the latest cervical screening clinic at Lewes Victoria Hospital.
22 September 2010 -Dementia care services in East Sussex set for investment
Care for people with dementia in East Sussex is set to radically improve over the coming months thanks to a one-off £5 million injection of NHS investment ring fenced for Sussex.
22 September 2010 - Speak up, Speak Out Protecting Vulnerable People
A major campaign has started in East Sussex to raise awareness and stop abuse of vulnerable adults.
22 September 2010 - Green light for mental health changes in East Sussex
Changes to mental health services in East Sussex have been given the green light by East Sussex County Council Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee (16 Sept 2010), paving the way for a programme of improvements in community mental health services.
26 August 2010 - Latest cervical screening clinic at Lewes Victoria Hospital
Appointments are being offered for the latest cervical screening clinic at Lewes Victoria Hospital.
30 July 2010 - Improvements to local mental health services approved by NHS boards.
Proposals to make local mental health services better, so that more people are able to stay at home, rather than needing to go into hospital for care and treatment, have got the go ahead from local NHS boards.
22 July 2010 - Update on Minor Injuries Units at Lewes, Uckfield and Crowborough Hospitals
There are Minor Injuries Units at our three Community Hospitals in Crowborough, Uckfield and Lewes. The MIUs are currently experiencing some short term staffing issues which we are working hard to address
20 July - Update on Lewes Vic Minor Injuries Unit
The Minor Injuries Unit at the Lewes Victoria Hospital has revised opening hours this week due to unforeseen staff shortages. This will mean that the unit will be closed on Tuesday 20th, Wednesday 21st and Thursday 22nd July, with normal opening hours on Friday and revised open hours at the weekend.
15 July 2010 - Catch the Bus, dont catch Chlamydia.
A special bus is touring East Sussex during July and August to help encourage young people across the county to get tested for the most commonly diagnosed sexually transmitted infection in the UK. Chlamydia can affect both men and women.
15 July 2010 - Hospital thanks social club for generous donation
Staff at Uckfield Community Hospital have praised members of the towns Cinque Ports club for their hard work in raising over £5,000 to buy new medical equipment. Thanks to their efforts patients on Harlands Ward (see Notes for editors) are now benefitting from two new state of the art beds, as well as a specialist machine to analyse blood samples.
15 July 2010 - New multi-million pound health centre for Peacehaven
A groundbreaking ceremony is taking place (10am, Weds 21 July) to mark the start of work on a major new health centre in Peacehaven. Over £4 million is being invested in the new facility on Meridian Way.
14 July 2010 - Changes to the NHS
On Monday the Secretary of State for Health published a new NHS White Paper, setting out the coalition Governments vision for the NHS. This White Paper is the first step towards the Governments ambition for the NHS to achieve health outcomes and quality health services that are among the best in the world.
8 July 2010 - Events held for NHS Counter Fraud Awareness Month
A team of NHS Counter Fraud Specialists has been out and about in East Sussex, raising awareness of their work and answering questions from NHS staff and the public.
11 June 2010 - Uckfield Hospital gets new ultrasound scanner
Uckfield Hospital's radiology department has just received a new, top of the range ultrasound machine, thanks to the hospital's League of Friends.
6 July 2010 - Longer opening hours at Uckfield Hospital X ray department
The X ray department at Uckfield Community Hospital is now open 5 days a week. The department, which was previously open 3 days a week, operates from 9am to 4.30pm Monday Friday. This means that patients who need an X-ray can get one locally more often, rather than having to travel to another hospital, such as the Eastbourne DGH
28 June 2010 - New health records to support Gypsy and Traveller community
A new health record for the Gypsy and Traveller community is being launched this week in East Sussex (30 June 2010). The Personal Adult Health Record for Gypsies and Travellers has been developed by the local NHS (see Notes for editors) with input from people from the Gypsy and Traveller community.
28 June 2010 - Enjoy the World Cup with a few freebies
People in Eastbourne and Hastings who are out drinking during the World Cup can get hold of free goodies to help encourage them to enjoy themselves responsibly. 1000 bottles of water and lollies will be distributed throughout the rest of the tournament (which runs until 11 July) by local street pastor teams.
9 June 2010 - People in East Sussex urged to look after themselves and others during hot weather this summer
Many of us are looking forward to the summer; looking forward to sunny afternoons, holidays, ice creams and trips to the beach, but when its too hot for too long there can be health risks, especially for the elderly, the very young and the seriously ill. The NHS in East Sussex is urging everyone to see if they are at risk, think about vulnerable family members, friends or relatives, and remember our top tips for staying cool.
8 June 2010 - Living longer, living well
Information on having your say on Living longer, living well - the draft joint commissioning strategy for adults in later life and their carers
1 June 2010 - Make sure to have your say on local mental health services
The deadline has been extended for people across East Sussex to give their views on proposals to change local mental health services so that more people are able to stay at home, rather than needing to go into hospital for care and treatment. The public consultation on proposed options for inpatient mental health care in the county was due to close on 1 June 2010. However, the consultation will now end at noon on Tuesday 8 June 2010.
26 May2010 - Local NHS re-appointment
Peter Douglas has been re-appointed, by the Appointments Commission, as a Non-executive Director of NHS East Sussex Downs and Weald and Chair of the organisation's Audit Committee.
12 May 2010 HRH Princess Alexandra visits Lewes Victoria Hospital
Lewes Victoria Hospital has just been honoured with a visit from HRH Princess Alexandra as part of its centenary celebrations.
12 May 2010 - NHS figures show a dramatic fall in infections in East Sussex
Latest full year figures show a dramatic fall in the number of patients in East Sussex acquiring the C-diff (Clostridium difficile) and MRSA infections.
11 May 2010 - Plans for new East Sussex radiotherapy service
The local NHS is planning a major new development to bring radiotherapy services to East Sussex. NHS East Sussex Downs and Weald & NHS Hastings and Rother - the two East Sussex primary care trusts - and the Sussex Cancer Network, working in partnership with Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals and East Sussex Hospitals NHS trusts, are planning to site the new radiotherapy service at Eastbourne District General Hospital.
10 May 2010 - Station Health Centre celebrates landmark
The new Eastbourne Station Health Centre has reached a key milestone just six months after it opened. The centre, which can be found on the concourse at Eastbournes main railway station, is open from 8am to 8pm, 7 days a week, and offers a walk-in service, which anyone can use, to see a GP or nurse.
10 May 2010 - NHS launches campaign to get men thinking about cancer
A campaign to raise awareness amongst men about cancer kicks off in Eastbourne this week. Its aimed at helping men aged 45 and over to be aware of the main early symptoms of bowel, prostate and lung cancer and to visit their GP as early as possible if they are experiencing any symptoms so that the disease can be diagnosed.
4 March 2010 - Have your say on improving local mental health services
People across East Sussex are being asked for their views on proposals to change local mental health services so that more people are able to stay at home, rather than needing to go into hospital for care and treatment.
26 March 2010 - East Sussex community health services meet new, tougher standards of care
East Sussex community health services have met new regulations on safety and care. NHS East Sussex Downs and Weald & NHS Hastings and Rother - the two primary care trusts responsible for East Sussex community health services - are in the second wave of registrations under a new, tougher system for regulating standards in the NHS. The Care Quality Commission (CQC) today (26 March) announced plans to give the two primary care trusts (PCTs) a formal licence, without conditions, to provide services.
23 March 2010 - REMINDER of temporary closure of Minor Injuries Unit at Lewes Victoria
The minor injury unit at Lewes Victoria Hospital will be closed from Sunday 22 March to Monday 29 March for essential maintenance work. The unit will reopen at 8am on Tuesday 30 March. During the temporary closure, people will be redirected to the minor injury unit at Uckfield Community Hospital, open 8am-8pm seven days a week. Minor injuries can also be treated 8am-8pm seven days a week at Crowborough War Memorial Hospital and the Eastbourne Station Health Centre.
18 March 2010 - Hailsham students win health trophy
On Wednesday 3rd March four students from Hailsham Community College went to the University of Sussex to be part of a conference at which they presented their ideas and findings on the current state of Health Services in Hailsham.
4 March 2010 - Women's health event Sat 13 March Arndale Centre
Information and advice about women's health, giveaways and free tries on the fruit smoothie bike.
10 February 2010 Lewes Victoria Hospital is 100 years old
The Lord Lieutenant of East Sussex Mr Peter Field has just unveiled a plaque to commemorate the centenary of 100 years of Lewes Victoria Hospital.
24 February 2010 NHS patient records to go online
Patients in Eastbourne, Lewes, Uckfield, Crowborough, Buxted, Heathfield, Rotherfield and Newick are to receive faster, more efficient health care with the introduction of a new online service.
16 February 2010 - East Sussex smokers to halve by 2020
That's the goal of the local NHS as the Department of Health unveils a new national plan to boost the number of people quitting tobacco.
1 February 2010 - NHS trust appoints acting Chair
An acting Chair for NHS East Sussex Downs and Weald has been named by the Appointments Commission. NHS East Sussex Downs and Weald is the working name of East Sussex Downs and Weald Primary Care Trust. Rita Lewis, who has served on the PCT board as a non-executive director and vice-chair since October 2006, will act as Chair until a new appointment is made.
10 February 2010 - National Pandemic Flu Service to stand down
From Thursday (11th February), the National Pandemic Flu Service is going to be closed down as the number of swine flu cases continues to drop nationally. It will mean that if you are suffering from swine flu symptoms you will need to stay at home and call your local GP who will be able to help, and if necessary offer you antiviral medication.
25 January 2010 - Avoid stroke event Arndale Shopping Centre on 2nd February
An expert NHS team are coming to the centre of Eastbourne next month to highlight how people how can prevent strokes, including reducing the amount of salt they consume.
26 January 2010 - Salt awareness week - reduce the risk of stroke
An expert NHS team are coming to the centre of Eastbourne next month to highlight how people how can prevent strokes, including reducing the amount of salt they consume.
20 January 2010 - Almost one in four people in East Sussex are over 65 years of age
- People who are 65 and over make up nearly a quarter (23%) of the population of East Sussex, compared to the national average of 16% - The county also has the highest percentage of people over 85 of any county in England (3.8% or 19,331 people). - Almost four thousand older people retired to East Sussex between mid 2006 and mid 2007. Those are just some of the facts highlighted in the third annual Public Health Report for East Sussex, which this year focuses on the health and well-being of older peopl
20 January 2010 Cervical Cancer Awareness Week
Women aged 25 - 64 years are being urged to take up their regular smear tests during Cervical Cancer Awareness Week (24 30 January).
18 January 2010 - 'New Year, New You' alcohol safety campaign
A new partnership alcohol campaign called 'New Year, New You' has been launched this week urging people to re-think their drink this New Year. The East Sussex Safer Communities Partnership campaign is targeting people who often drink alcohol at home in the evening after a days work, but who do not realise that they may be causing long term damage to their health.
15 January 2010 - LOCAL PEOPLE TO BENEFIT FROM BOWEL CANCER SCREENING
Men and women in Sussex are being invited to take part in a national bowel screening programme to combat bowel cancer. Those aged between 60 and 69 and registered with a GP in the area will be sent a letter of invitation as they reach the ages targeted by the campaign.
15 January 2010 - £120,000 boost for Seaford Health Centre
Seaford Health Centre is undergoing a £120,000 facelift to help give patients a better experience. The building is being re-decorated in many areas, with most of the flooring replaced and updated in line with the latest standards around infection control.
12 January 2010 - Uckfield Hospital busy dealing with falls on ice and snow.
Staff at the Minor Injuries Unit at Uckfield Hospital have been very busy of late, dealing with 35 people who have fallen over on ice and snow in the space of six days alone.
12 January 2010 - Snow heroes - NHS in East Sussex thanks staff and public for all their efforts during the big freeze
The recent spell of widespread snow and ice affecting East Sussex has thrown up countless examples of NHS staff and others going the extra mile to make sure that local people got the care and support they needed.
22 December - Make the right choice of NHS service this winter
With the Festive period almost upon us, the NHS in East Sussex is urging local people to make the right choice of service if they feel unwell, especially over Christmas and the New Year when normal opening hours do not always apply. There are a host of NHS services you can get help and advice from, both face to face and over the phone.
30 december 2009 East Sussex Alcohol Strategy wins an award
The newly revised East Sussex Alcohol Harm Reduction Strategy has recently been awarded a prestigious Kite mark by Alcohol Concern.
21 December 2009 - Local NHS Chairman to step down
The Chairman of NHS East Sussex Downs and Weald, John Barnes, has announced that he is to step down from his post at the end of January. NHS East Sussex Downs and Weald is the working name of the local NHS Primary Care Trust for the Lewes and Wealden districts, as well as Eastbourne Borough.
16 December 2009 - Safe Space for Eastbourne during festivities
The centre of Eastbourne has been equipped again this year with its night-time, mobile Safe Space for people needing help, advice or refuge during the festive party season.
16 December 2009 - East Sussexs 12 TIPS OF QUIT-MAS
With the December social calendar fit to bursting with Christmas parties and family get-togethers, its no surprise that most smokers tend to wait until the clock strikes midnight on New Years Eve to make the decision to quit smoking.
3 December 2009 - Guide to local NHS services out now
The new, fully updated guide to NHS services in the Eastbourne borough and Lewes and Wealden districts has been dropping through people's letterboxes in recent weeks. The 16 page booklet, which is packed with information on improving your health, as well as details of local NHS services, has been delivered to every household across the area.
2 December 2009 New cervical screening clinics
Appointments are being offered for the latest cervical screening clinics at Lewes Victoria Hospital.
2 December 2009 Message in a Bottle scheme thank you to Lions
Message in a Bottle scheme
26 November 2009 New Dental Clinic at Forest Row
John Barnes, Chair of NHS East Sussex and Downs Weald is to open the newly refurbished Riverview Dental Clinic at 1 Riverview Office Park, Station Road, Forest Row on 30th November at 2pm following a refit costing £500,000.
27 November 2009 - New partnership to manage East Sussex community health services
The boards of the two East Sussex primary care trusts (PCTs) NHS Hastings and Rother and NHS East Sussex Downs and Weald have agreed to share the management of East Sussex community health services with South Downs Health NHS Trust.
17 November 2009 - People most at risk from swine flu encouraged to make sure they have the vaccination
People most at risk of developing complications from swine flu are being urged to have the swine flu vaccination when they are offered it. Four priority groups have been identified by the Department of Health as those most at risk, and people in these groups are starting to be contacted by their GP across the county.
17 November 2009 - Stay warm and safe this winter
The importance of keeping your home warm and safe this winter is being highlighted by NHS East Sussex Downs and Weald and NHS Hastings and Rother as part of the national Keep Warm Keep Well campaign.
17 November 2009 - Take care of yourself as winter approaches
As winter approaches, with swine flu and seasonal flu both spreading in the community, people in East Sussex should do all they can to stay as healthy as possible. NHS East Sussex Downs and Weald and NHS Hastings and Rother is urging the public to take care of themselves during the winter months as part of the national Self Care campaign.
16 November 2009 MP to open new Eastbourne dental clinic
MP Nigel Waterson is to open the newly refurbished Eastbourne Dental Clinic on 19th November at 2pm following a two month refit costing almost £500,000.
11 November 2009 - Journalist Polly Toynbee opens Lewes Victoria's new scanner
Influential national journalist and writer Polly Toynbee has officially opened Lewes Victoria Hospital's new £50,000 osteoporosis scanner (Friday 6 November)
6 November 2009 - Eastbourne Station Health Centre ready for business
Eastbourne MP Nigel Waterson and the Mayor of Eastbourne Greg Szanto were amongst those getting a preview of the new Eastbourne Station Health Centre (6 November 2009). The new centre, which is due to open to the public on Tuesday 17th November, will offer a 'walk in' service to see a GP or nurse from 8am to 8pm, seven days a week.
2 November 2009 Closer to Home
East Sussex Adult Social Care, NHS Hastings and Rother and NHS East Sussex Downs and Weald are holding the third annual Closer to Home engagement events.
21 October - Local primary care trust Non-executive directors re-appointed
Two Non-executive directors of NHS East Sussex Downs and Weald have been re-appointed by the Appointments Commission. Jack Barnes and Rita Lewis were first appointed Non-executive directors in October 2006 when East Sussex Downs and Weald Primary Care Trust (PCT) was established. Rita Lewis is vice chair of the PCT and Jack Barnes is a member of the Audit Committee. As the organisation shares a single management team with NHS Hastings and Rother, the PCTs tackle issues in common by way of joint commi
19 October 2009 - Wanted - the county's best poets and writers to mark World AIDS Day
The NHS in East Sussex is calling on all budding poets and writers to enter a special competition to mark World AIDS Day, 1st December 2009.
19 - 23 October 2009 Alcohol Awareness Week
During Alcohol Awareness Week everyone is being urged to rethink their drink.
15 October 2009 - Annual Health Check results
In the ratings announced today for 2008/09, NHS East Sussex Downs and Weald has received a fair rating for quality of commissioning and a fair rating for use of resources. The ratings for 2007/8 were weak and fair respectively
9 October 2009 - NHS in East Sussex celebrates helping almost 20,000 people to stop smoking
The NHS Stop Smoking Service for East Sussex is ten years old. During the past decade the service has helped almost twenty thousand people across the county to stop, enough to fill both Eastbourne Borough and Hastings United's home grounds to capacity - twice!
9 October 20009 - Poll shows widespread satisfaction with NHS across East Sussex Downs and Weald
81% of local people are happy with the service they get from their local NHS, whilst 38% believe that local NHS services will improve over the next few years.
30 September 2009 NHS Health fair at Asda, Eastbourne
Staff at the NHS East Sussex Downs and Weald health fair at Asda supermarket, The Crumbles, Eastbourne, on 24 September were delighted at the number of local people looking for information on staying healthy.
28 September 2009 New Hailsham breastfeeding support group
A new 'Breast is Best support group (BIBS) has started in Hailsham.
3 September 2009 - NHS in East Sussex thanks County Council for support on swine flu as library vans return to normal duty
The NHS in East Sussex has expressed its thanks to the County Council for helping in the effort to deal with swine flu Over the past few weeks the council's two mobile library vans have been used as antiviral collection points (ACPs) at the Eastbourne District General Hospital and the Conquest Hospital in Hastings.
3 September 2009 - NHS in East Sussex warns parents not to use animal flea treatments to tackle head lice
The NHS in East Sussex is warning parents to only use approved treatments for treating head lice on their children. It comes after evidence emerged that a handful of mums and dads are using a pet medicine for fleas instead.
14 August 2009 - PANDEMIC VACCINE PRIORITY FOR MOST AT RISK
The priority groups who will be first in line for vaccination against swine flu will include pregnant women, frontline health and social care workers, and everyone in at-risk groups aged over six months, Health Secretary Andy Burnham announced today.
6 August 2009 Flu friends, all people need to do is call!
A new service is being launched in Sussex to help vulnerable people should they become ill with flu.
4 August 2009 Hailsham GP to chair PCTs clinicians
Hailsham GP Dr Richard Blakey has been appointed interim chair of NHS East Sussex Weald and Downs professional executive committee (PEC) of clinicians.
4 August 2009 GP surgery in Ringmer officially open
Staff and patients at the new GP surgery in Ringmer have just celebrated the offcial opening day curtesy of the most senior patient Bessie Willard who is 102 years old.
30 July 2009 Your thoughts on local crime and safety
If you live in East Sussex you now have the opportunity to tell the East Sussex Safer Communities Partnership what you think about crime and anti-social behaviour in your local area and you could win £100 in our prize draw!
23 July 2009 New ''Expert Patient'' courses
Local people with long term health conditions are being invited to join the next sessions of the Living Well programme, which is a life-enhancement course run by NHS East Sussex Downs and Weald.
26 June 2009 - Ringmer GP Surgery ready early
Staff at the GP surgery in Ringmer were delighted to have been given the keys to their new home seven weeks early.
22 June 2009 - NHS Stop Smoking Service in East Sussex here to help with gold standard services.
If you want to stop smoking, East Sussex is a good place to be. The NHS Stop Smoking Service across the county is now classed as gold standard (see notes for editors) after it helped almost three and half thousand people to quit in 2008/09.
22 June 2009 - Latest figures show NHS campaign on Chlaymdia in East Sussex is working
Recently published figures (from the Health Protection Agency) show that a campaign to encourage young people in East Sussex to get tested for Chlamydia is having a marked effect.
12 June 2009 - WHO declare Pandemic Phase 6
Dr Diana Grice, Director of Public Health for NHS East Sussex Downs and Weald and NHS Hastings and Rother, Dr Tom Scanlon, Director of Public Health for NHS Brighton and Hove and Dr Peter Hayward, Acting Director of Public Health for West Sussex PCT, said: The World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared that we are now in Pandemic Phase 6. This means that we are entering a pandemic period and there is increased and sustained transmission.
10 June 2009 - New case of Swine Influenza has been confirmed in Sussex
Dr Diana Grice, Director of Public Health for NHS East Sussex Downs and Weald and NHS Hastings and Rother, and Peter Hayward, Acting Director of Public Health for West Sussex PCT, said: A further case of Swine Influenza has been confirmed in Sussex (See notes for editors) NHS East Sussex Downs and Weald and NHS Hastings and Rother are assisting with a confirmed case of Swine Influenza in an adult from East Sussex.
3 June 2009 - New cases of swine flu confirmed within Sussex region
Dr Diana Grice, Director of Public Health for NHS East Sussex Downs and Weald and NHS Hastings and Rother, and Peter Hayward, Acting Director of Public Health for West Sussex PCT, said: Two further cases of Swine Influenza have been confirmed in Sussex
3 June 2009 - Lewes Victoria Hospital League of Friends donate osteoporosis scanner
Thanks to the hard-working League of Friends, Lewes Victoria Hospital has a new £50,000 high tech scanner, specifically designed to check for osteoporosis or weakening, porous bones.
3 June 2009 - Queen Mother Award for local matron
Uckfield community hospital matron Sue Adams has received the Queen Mother Award for Outstanding Service from the Queens Nursing Institute at an award ceremony in London.
2 June 2009 - New case of swine flu confirmed within Sussex region
Dr Diana Grice, Director of Public Health for NHS East Sussex Downs and Weald and NHS Hastings and Rother, said: One case of swine flu in East Sussex has today been confirmed by the Health Protection Agency (HPA).
7 May 2009 - More cervical screening clinics
MORE clinics at Lewes Victoria Hospital offering women vital cervical screening have been organised. The clinics are on Tuesdays at the Nevill Road hospital on: 12 May 16 June 14 July They are all open 6pm-8pm with last appointments at 7.40pm.
29 April 2009 - Swine flu update
Statement by Dr Peter Hayward, acting director of public health at West Sussex PCT, issued in conjunction with Dr Diana Grice, public health director for NHS East Sussex Downs and Weald and NHS Hastings and Rother, and Dr Tom Scanlon, director of public health at NHS Brighton and Hove
16 April 2009 - Your views wanted on our annual report
Details of how you can give your views on what should be included in our annual report
14 April 2009 - NHS supermarket road shows reveal those with increased blood pressure
NHS supermarket road shows reveal those with increased blood pressure
31 March 2009 - NHS roadshow reveals over half people tested have increased blood pressure
Nursing staff at the NHS East Sussex Downs and Weald roadshow at the CO-OP supermarket in Heathfield on Thursday 26 March referred twenty five people with increased blood pressure to their GPs.
31 March 2009 - Moxy Malone getting the message across about antibiotics
Health officials in East Sussex are using a cartoon character to help them get the message across to local people about the correct use of antibiotics.
25 March 2009 - Rapid Response to help patients get well soon
When Rob Herbert, 63, of Blackboys suffered a major knee infection recently he had to stay in hospital for over two weeks In the past, however, his stay would have been much longer. As part of a new approach to care and treatment Rob has been able to continue his recovery in the comfort of his own home.
17 March 2009 - New cervical screening clinics
TWO new clinics are being held in Lewes offering women vital cervical screening.
17 March 2009 - New phone number for NHS service here to help
A service offering people across East Sussex information, advice and support on NHS services has launched a new telephone number.
16 March 2009 - New Director of Finance appointed
A NEW Director of Finance and Investment has been appointed to join the executive team and Boards of NHS Hastings and Rother & NHS East Sussex Downs and Weald the two East Sussex primary care trusts (PCTs).
13 March 2009 - Details of proposals for maternity services in East Sussex announced
The possible shape of future maternity services in East Sussex has been laid out in a set of new proposals.
10 March 2009 - A change for the better
A radical shake-up of day services in the county offers new hope to people with mental health issues. With life-changing potential, the new reforms will mean day centres in East Sussex focus on recovery, inclusion and a return to employment.
9 March 2009 - Women in East Sussex urged to get cervical screening
The case of reality TV star Jade Goody, who has been diagnosed with terminal cancer, has brought the issue of cervical screening into the spotlight. The Public Health team at NHS East Sussex Downs and Weald and NHS Hastings and Rother are urging all local women over 25 years of age to make sure they are screened regularly.
5 March 2009 - Local shoppers help the Lewes Victoria Hospital
The Lewes Victoria Hospital is to benefit from a donation of hundreds of pounds, all thanks to shoppers at a local supermarket.
3 March 2009 - Plenty going on to mark No Smoking Day
The East Sussex Stop Smoking Service is marking Stop Smoking Day on March 11th by offering help and advice to the public at events across the county.
3 March 2009 - Praise for local NHS wheelchair service
Seventy four year old Shirley McCall from Hampden Park in Eastbourne used to feel as though she were sitting on pebbles because the seat in her wheelchair was so uncomfortable. That was until Karen Atkinson (Lead Practitioner Occupational Therapist), and her team from the East Sussex Wheelchair Service, set out to solve the problem.
27 February 2009 - World Class Commissioning results
NHS East Sussex Downs and Weald has today published its first assurance report for World Class Commissioning (WCC), a ground-breaking health programme designed to deliver significant benefits for local people.
25 February 2009 - A stronger voice for disabled people
Despite the doom and gloom of economic recession, floods, ice and snow - a number of us are celebrating! More than fifty people from across the county have gathered together to mark the launch of the Disabled Peoples Participation Group.
25 February - Ground breaking for new GP surgery in Hartfield
A special shovel, with royal connections, was used at a celebratory ground breaking ceremony today (23 February 2009) to mark the construction of the long awaited new GP surgery in Hartfield, which is due to open in October 2009.
18 February 2009 - Local people urged to become 'Expert Patients'
When Linda King from East Sussex was diagnosed with a long term medical condition four years ago, she went on a free course to help her cope.
17 February 2009 - Patients asked to help the NHS save millions of pounds lost on unused medicines
Every day people bring East Sussex pharmacy manager Hashem Soozandeh carrier bags of full of unwanted medicines.
16 February 2009 - Next step for new Medical Centre for Sovereign Harbour
Planning permission could soon be secured for a brand new doctors surgery serving people living around Sovereign Harbour.
16 February 2009 - Local GP consortium to run new Walk In Centre in Eastbourne
NHS East Sussex Downs and Weald is pleased to announce that a contractor has been successfully appointed to run the Walk In Centre in Eastbourne
11 February - Physical inactivity estimated to cost the NHS in East Sussex millions of pounds
Research commissioned by the Department of Health estimates that physical inactivity is costing the NHS in East Sussex over £10 million a year.
9 February 2009 - Improving life chances
Life's hard, especially when you are disadvantaged by ill health or disability. That's why people in East Sussex are being asked to speak out.
9 February 2009 - Praise for East Sussex drug and alcohol treatment services
Services for people with drug and alcohol problems in East Sussex have scored well in the most recent official review by the Healthcare Commission and National Treatment Agency.
9 February 2009 - Community Matron retires after 21 years NHS service
Colleagues, recent and not so recent, gathered at Orchard House, Lewes Victoria Hospital, to celebrate the 21 year NHS career of Shirley Barling.
30 January 2009 - Foetal Alcohol Syndrome
Recent research shows that people dont know enough about the dangers to developing babies of drinking in pregnancy and consequences for their future lives.
30 January 2009 - New stroke strategy for East Sussex
A new strategy has been launched aimed at helping people in East Sussex to avoid having a stroke, as well as giving them more support and better treatment if they do suffer one.
27 January 2009 - New NHS constitution
NHS East Sussex Downs and Weald and NHS Hastings and Rother have welcomed the first ever NHS Constitution which was signed last week at a historic ceremony at Downing Street.
27 January 2009 - Launch of Best of Health Awards 2009
Members of the public, patients and carers are being urged to nominate someone from their local health or social care services for the Best of Health Awards 2009.
20 January 2009 - Using the right NHS service
People in East Sussex are being urged to make use of the right NHS service and only dial 999 for an ambulance or visit hospital accident & emergency departments in an emergency.
16 January - 'You are never too old to catch measles'
You are never too old to catch measles, thats the message from public health experts in East Sussex who are launching the latest phase in a programme to get young people in the county vaccinated against the disease.
8 January 2009 - Drama to help youngsters quit smoking
Pupils in secondary schools in East Sussex will be getting support to quit smoking this month, with help from the local NHS Stop Smoking Service and performances of a play called Smoke.
8 January 2009 - Patient survey launched
More than forty thousand patients across East Sussex are being asked for their views on how to improve family doctor services in a new survey launched by the Department of Health this week.
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