For the latest information about changes to services at BSUH including non-urgent planned surgery, diagnostic procedures and outpatient appointments, click here. Some services have given specific updates to their patients and service users and the links can be seen further down this page.
If you are worried that you may have coronavirus (COVID-19) please stay at home and follow the PHE guidance for staying at home. Do not attend A&E or your GP surgery.
Use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service if:
- you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home
- your condition gets worse
- your symptoms do not get better after 7 days.
Our staff are both practised and skilled in treating patients with infectious diseases and we are confident in our procedures for dealing with this virus. The Trust has robust infection control measures in place and is following the most up to date national guidance and procedures at all times.
At our hospitals you may notice that staff are wearing personal protective equipment (PPE), which looks different to their usual uniforms. This could include gloves, aprons, masks, visors, goggles and gowns, depending on which area of the hospital you are in.
This is a precautionary measure in place to keep patients and staff safe during the coronavirus outbreak and prevent the spread of infection. The protective equipment worn by our staff is in line with national NHS guidance.
Patients who test positive for the coronavirus are cared for away from the rest of the patient population.
Help stop the spread
Coronavirus (COVID-19) infection usually occurs through close contact with a person with the virus via cough and sneezes or hand contact. A person can also be infected by touching contaminated surfaces if they do not wash their hands.
Please follow Public Health England advice to:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water. Use a sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available. When washing your hands do it for 20 seconds i.e. the duration of the time it takes to sing ‘happy birthday twice’ and make sure it is thorough.
- Wash your hands when you get to work or arrive home, after you blow your nose, cough or sneeze, after using public transport, and before you eat or handle food.
- Always carry tissues with you and use them to catch your cough or sneeze. Then bin the tissue, and wash your hands, or use a sanitiser gel.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are unwell.
- Clean and disinfect regularly touched objects and surfaces using your regular cleaning products.
Support for your mental health
- Advice from MIND
- Self-help for anxiety
- The NHS Every Mind Matters pages on Covid-19 - 10 tips
- The Mental Health Foundation advice on looking after your mental health during the coronavirus outbreak
- Community Roots Mental Health & Wellbeing Support, help for navigating and accessing services in Brighton and Hove
- Helpful advice from Kimberley Wilson (on instagram)
- Invaluable advice from Russ Harris with helpful exercises
- Advice about how to support children with anxieties about Covid-19 from the Flourishing Families Clinic at Sussex Partnership (NHS) Trust.
As always, if you need medical help, and it’s not an emergency, please contact your GP, or 111 for advice.
If you feel you are not able to keep yourself safe, and are thinking about acting on suicidal thoughts or feelings, or you are thinking of harming others:
- You can go to any hospital A&E department and ask for help
- You can call 999 and ask for an emergency service if you need to
The following sources of support are also available:
- Samaritans 116 123 (free number) or 01273 772277
- Saneline 0300 304 7000, 4.30pm-10.30pm daily
- Grassroots Suicide Prevention
- The Sussex Mental Health Line 0300 5000 101, 5pm-9am on week nights, and on a 24 hours basis during weekends and Bank Holidays
- The Brighton and Hove the Mental Health Rapid Response Service is able to offer support: 0300 304 0078 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week including bank holidays, if you live in the Brighton and Hove area).
Other useful links
Latest information and advice from Public Health England at www.gov.uk/coronavirus
Public Health England Q&A blog: GOV.UK website.
The Government’s response and action plan: www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-action-plan
The Government’s public health campaign: www.gov.uk/government/news/public-information-campaign-focuses-on-handwashing