Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Coronavirus advice
Public Health Advice
  1. 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.

  2. Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after using public transport.

  3. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.

  4. Avoid close contact with people who are unwell.
COVID-19 updated information 

There have been no new confirmed cases of Coronavirus (now called Covid-19) across Sussex. 

PHE have contacted people who might have had close and sustained contact with the individuals as a precaution to provide them with health advice about any symptoms in case they become unwell. These individuals have been advised to “self-isolate”. This means they should stay at home and avoid contact with other people as a precaution. It does not mean they are ill and people who have had contact with these individuals do not need to take action. 

People living across Sussex who have not been contacted by PHE are advised they should go about their daily routine as usual. There is comprehensive advice available at www.gov.uk/coronavirus for anyone who is concerned or wants to know more.

NHS services are open as usual across Sussex and measures are in place to ensure the safety of all patients and NHS staff while also ensuring services are available to the public as normal. 

On advice from the Chief Medical Officer, the risk has been declared as "moderate" - a level which allows government to plan for all eventualities but that ultimately, that the risk to individuals remains "low".

Latest information and advice

Visit the dedicated Government webpage for the latest on the situation in the UK.

Visit Public Health England's website for the latest information and advice.

Updated: 10am 12 February 2020

All services at Worthing Hospital, including surgery and outpatient appointments, are operating normally. We would like to ask the public to help minimise pressure on A&E services by using alternative options for treatment of non-emergency conditions whenever possible.

On Tuesday 11 February, we confirmed that a healthcare worker working in the Accident & Emergency (A&E) Unit at Worthing Hospital tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19).

They treated a small number of patients on the 4th and 5th February before they became unwell, followed advice and self-isolated.

Public Health England (PHE) is contacting all patients seen by this individual and all colleagues who came into close contact with them, to advise on the precautions they need to take.

The hospital is also following PHE guidance to minimise the risk of the virus spreading.

Everyone is reminded to follow PHE advice:

  • 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.

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after using public transport.

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are unwell.

 





Information from the Department of Health and Social Care and Public Health England

Public Health England  - latest information and advice: www.gov.uk/guidance/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-information-for-the-public

West Sussex County Council  - latest information and advice: www.westsussex.gov.uk/campaigns/coronavirus-everything-you-need-to-know/#2

Worthing Hospital - latest information and advice: www.westernsussexhospitals.nhs.uk/services/infection-control/keeping-patients-safe/coronavirus-latest-information-and-advice/

Updated: 11 February 2020

Residents across Brighton and Hove are being reassured that they do not need to take action around Coronavirus unless they have been contacted by Public Health England

Following the announcement last week that one of the confirmed 2019 Novel Coronavirus cases in the UK is from the Brighton and Hove area, Public Health England has carried out a thorough risk assessment and is tracing this individual’s movements in the last fortnight.

Public Health England is prioritising contacting people who might have had close and sustained contact with the individual as a precaution to provide them with health advice about any symptoms in case they become unwell. These individuals are being advised to “self-isolate” which means they should stay at home and avoid contact with other people as a precaution. It does not mean they are ill and people who have had contact with these individuals do not need to take action.

People who have not been contacted by Public Health England are being advised they should go about their daily routine as usual.

NHS services are open as usual and measures are in place to ensure the safety of all patients and NHS staff while also ensuring services are available to the public as normal.

Two GP practices, who share the same building in Brighton and Hove, were being cleaned as a precaution but are now running as normal. A very small number of patient appointments were rearranged to allow this to happen.

On advice from the Chief Medical Officer, the risk has been declared as "moderate" - a level which allows government to plan for all eventualities but that ultimately, that the risk to individuals remains "low".

Information from the Department of Health and Social Care and Public Health England

Public Health England  - latest information and advice: www.gov.uk/guidance/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-information-for-the-public

Brighton and Hove City Council  - latest information and advice: new.brighton-hove.gov.uk/news/2020/coronavirus-update-tuesday-11-february

Royal Sussex Brighton Hospital - latest information and advice: www.bsuh.nhs.uk/

For media enquiries please contact the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) press office on any of the three numbers for Coronavirus enquiries:

  • 020 7972 1186

  • 020 7972 3023

  • 020 7972 2329

 




For Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) related enquiries, during normal working hours (Monday to Friday, 8am – 5pm) contact your local CCG:

 







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