The NHS has urged the public to ‘stay alert’ to a rise in Covid cases.
Sussex Health Service said healthcare facilities must continue to limit the spread of infection because of the vulnerable people in their care.
But they have seen an increase in people going to hospital for other reasons who also have Covid – meaning they need to be treated separately from those who are not infected.
County hospitals have also seen an increasing number of staff take time off work with Covid, putting additional strain on services and working staff.
The NHS is asking the public to play their part in helping healthcare workers provide the best possible services during this time, urging people to save emergency services to save lives, use the right services for your needs, to wear a mask in hospitals and healthcare facilities and be patient with staff.
Chief Nursing Officer Allison Cannon said: ‘It is important that as we move through life with Covid, we remain vigilant and protect the most vulnerable in society, as well as those working in healthcare settings .
“You should always wear a face covering when using health services and you should also continue to practice good hand hygiene.
“If you are over 75 you may have already received a letter asking you to get your spring booster, it is extremely important that you do this as Covid is still present in our communities and we want to make sure that you are as protected from it as possible. possible.
“If you haven’t yet received your first or second dose of vaccine, or your original booster, please introduce yourself as well.”
Brighton and Hove’s director of public health, Alistair Hill, said while free testing has ended, the pandemic has not ended.
He said: “Rates remain high across Sussex and it is up to all of us to follow public health advice to protect ourselves, our communities and those most at risk.
“Vaccination remains our best defense, and low-dose vaccines are now available for all children aged 5 to 11, in addition to those aged 12 and over who are eligible.
“With good basic hygiene like covering your mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing as well as regular hand washing, we can all help keep Sussex safe.”
People who test positive are no longer legally required to self-isolate, but are advised to stay home and avoid contact with others for at least five full days.
Masks are no longer legally required in most public spaces, but are still needed in healthcare settings, including doctors’ offices, hospitals and care homes.
Free PCR and lateral flow tests are now only available to certain hospital patients, care home residents, people working in certain high-risk settings – including hospitals, care homes and prisons, and people eligible for community-based Covid drug treatments because they are at higher risk of serious illness if infected.
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This notice was published: 2022-04-08 12:15:41