A New Year thank you

Thank you to the public and staff for support during the busy festive period.

Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals (BSUH) would like to thank its staff and volunteers for their efforts during what was, as ever, an extremely busy Christmas and New Year.

We would also like to thank the public for the messages of support we have received in recent weeks.

Between 18 and 31 December, we cared for 5,711 patients in our A&E departments. While this represents only a 1.3% increase from 2016, our number of admissions increased by 4.3% meaning more patients were in need of our expert care and treatment during this time.

Chief Executive Marianne Griffith said:

“Christmas in our hospitals is one of those great examples of people coming together to make sure our patients get the best treatment at one of the busiest times of year.

“At what can be a difficult time for staff and patients, I’m always amazed by how positive the atmosphere is in hospital on Christmas Day, so I would particularly like to say a very big thank you to everyone who worked and volunteered over the festive period.

“I’d also like to thank their families and loved ones. This time of year can be hard and we appreciate the support they provide.”

Our A&E departments and the ambulance service continue to be extremely busy. Please remember that A&E should only be used in the event of a life-threatening or serious emergency.

When to call 999/attend A&E

If you or someone you care for has:
• a heart attack (e.g. chest pain for more than 15 minutes)
• sudden unexplained shortness of breath
• heavy bleeding
• unconsciousness (even if they have regained consciousness).

If your condition is not life-threatening, consider one of the alternatives to A&E: www.bsuh.nhs.uk/services/ae/

For further advice on how to stay well or get care this winter visit NHS Choices: www.nhs.uk/staywell