Information on Coronavirus

Read the latest advice and information from NHS England and Public Health England about the Coronavirus.
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For the most up to date information about COVID-19, go to GOV.UK.

Correct as of 29th March 2021

Coronavirus restrictions remain in place across the country. In England:

  • Only socialise indoors with people you live with or who are in your support bubble
  • Up to 6 people or 2 households can meet outside
  • Work from home if you can and only travel when necessary
  • If you have symptoms get a test and stay at home

Find out more

If you think you might have coronavirus

Symptoms

  • A high temperature

  • A new, continuous cough
  • Loss or change in sense of smell or taste

What to do if you have these symptoms

You must get a test. Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. You should stay at home and self isolate. 

Only call 111 if you cannot get help online.

If you’re going into hospital

You may need to get tested if you’re due to have surgery or a procedure. The hospital will arrange this for you. Contact your hospital department if you have any questions. ​

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

Use the 111 coronavirus service

How to self isolate if you or someone in your house has coronavirus

If you have symptoms, you and everyone you live with must immediately self-isolate. Do not leave home until you get your test results, except to post a test kit or for a PCR test appointment.

For more information about when to self isolate and what this means for families visit the Government website.

More information on self isolating


Local Tracing Partnership service

The Local Tracing Partnership service has been set up to support the national NHS Test and Trace service across East Sussex and West Sussex.

If you have tested positive for coronavirus, the national NHS Test and Trace team will contact you to give advice and obtain details of anyone you’ve been in contact with.

However, if the NHS Test and Trace team have been unable to contact you within 48 hours, your case will be passed to West Sussex County Council who will try and contact you.

The local service is based at the COVID-19 Community Hub in West Sussex and active from 8.00am to 8.00pm daily, including weekends.

How to avoid spreading the infection

Do:

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze.

  • Put used tissues in the bin straight away.

  • Wash your hands with soap and water often, and for 20 seconds – use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available.

  • Try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell.

Don't:

  • Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean.


Face coverings

If you can, wear something that covers your nose and mouth in places where it's hard to stay away from other people.

There are some places where you must wear a face covering, such as:

  • on public transport
  • in shops
  • when you go to hospital appointments or visit someone in hospital

Some people are exempt from wearing face coverings, read more here.


Coronavirus vaccine


 

With growing concerns over the uptake of the vaccine among some communities some of us wanted to share this important message.

Has your NHS appointment letter made you feel confused, worried, or anxious?

By sending us a copy (photo/scan) of your #ConfusingComms, you’ll be helping local health services support people well and increase attendance to important health appointments. With your support, we can highlight where these letters could be made better and help to influence positive change.

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