While the NHS works hard to deal with COVID across Sussex, you should still see your doctor if you feel unwell or if you think something isn’t right.

Don’t delay seeing your GP

There has been a drop reported nationally in urgent suspected cancer referrals and a reduction in families bringing children in for immunisation. Please don’t delay an appointment because of the pandemic. You are not being a burden on the NHS and GP surgeries have made changes to ensure it is safe for you to visit.

Most GPs will also offer you a phone consultation first before making a face-to-face appointment, if needed.

COVID-19 symptoms

Across Sussex there are now dedicated sites or places where you can be seen by a GP face to face if you are showing Covid-19 symptoms. Your GP can refer you.

If you have any of the symptoms of COVID-19, such as a temperature, a new continuous cough or loss or change to your sense of taste and smell, please use the online NHS 111 service for advice.

Please do not visit your GP surgery if you are showing coronavirus symptoms even if you have an appointment. Please call and arrange a telephone consultation or reschedule your appointment.

You can find out more information here: Is it ‘just a cold’?

Where else you can get help

You can also get advice from your local pharmacy. They can help you with repeat prescriptions, aches and pains, sore throats etc, as well as advice on over the counter medications and emergency contraception.

You can also request a free sexual health test online.

For urgent medical assistance please visit A&E. For example, visit if you have broken bones, chest pain, symptoms of a stroke, breathing difficulties or severe bleeding etc. Call an ambulance if you have a medical emergency. Visiting A&E is not an alternative to a GP appointment.

There are Urgent Treatment Centres co-located with A+E departments across Sussex. GP-led, they offer appointments that can be booked through 111 or through a GP referral. They can deal with many of the most common ailments people attend A&E for, such as minor burns, chest infections and abdominal pain.

There are also Minor Injuries Units in Crowborough, Lewes and Uckfield which can help you with a less serious condition that needs urgent attention, including broken bones, minor burns and scalds, insect and animal bites and wound infections. These are walk in services so you don’t need an appointment.

Find out more on where to go for help.

Self care

It is more important than ever to look after yourself while we all get used to ‘the new normal’ and adapt to life during a pandemic.

The good news is that the NHS One You: Every Mind Matters has some excellent resources available. Get started with the NHS Your Mind Plan. It will show you simple steps to help deal with stress, boost your mood and feel on top of things – all tailored to you.

Check out more ideas for eating better, improving sleep, moving more, creating a routine and staying in contact with loved ones: Every Mind Matters: how to stay on top of your wellbeing at home.