Our A&Es are currently extremely busy

Please only come to your local A&E department in a genuine emergency, as our hospitals across Sussex and East Surrey are currently extremely busy.

We are asking those with a condition that is not urgent or life threatening to contact their local pharmacist or call NHS 111 for health help and advice in the first instance.

As we are so very busy at the moment, patients coming to A&E who do not need emergency care are likely to be in for a long wait. We know that’s not ideal for our patients so we would encourage people to follow the advice to ensure they get the right health help in the right place and from the right person.

Some patients who come into our local A&E departments may be redirected to other local community services – making it even more important for you to take a few minutes to make sure you are heading to the right place for your health and care needs.

If you are unsure where to go for help, or need advice quickly, telephone 111 for clinical advice, assessment and direction to the best service. You can also access expert advice at www.nhs.uk and specifically on keeping well in winter at www.seshealthandcare.org.uk/winter/

Help us to help you this winter.