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Taking care of your mind as well as your body is really important while staying at home because of coronavirus (COVID-19).

Visit NHS Every Mind Matters for advice, practice advice and support groups.

If you cannot wait to see a doctor and feel unable to cope or keep yourself safe, it’s important to get support.

Get urgent support now.

Keeping Active

To stay fit and healthy whilst at home, try the NHS Home workout videos.

Click here to find out how to get a COVID19 Test

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Healthwatch Update

Healthwatch Update :18 September 2020



Healthwatch Update 4/9/20

Healthwatch update

We hope you are all keeping well.

Welcome to another Healthwatch health and social care update which is attached as a separate document that you can click on and open.

Healthwatch has been monitoring the numbers of positive COVID cases in the city and there has been a small increase, particularly in the last few weeks, and we are now seeing levels close to what they were in early May. We have included a series of tables, graphs and a map in our update. Although numbers are still low this is timely reminder that we all still have a part to play in controlling the virus, especially with winter fast approaching.  

(A) Healthwatch activities:

- NEW SURVEY! We have launched a new Sussex-wide survey in which we ask for your experiences of using Patient Transport Services; plus your ideas for how it can be improved.   The survey closes on 20 September. You can enter a free prize draw for taking part.  

- We have published interim results from our Digital Engagement Survey that we ran in the summer. Over 2000 people took part. Read about what you told us. 

- Dentists: are you having trouble seeing a dentist? We would like to hear from you

- Healthwatch England has produced a range of patient facing guidance which you may find useful.

(B) Health and Social care updatesincluding:

(1) Video and remote consultations: a quick step-by-step guide for patients

(2)  Join the next Big Health and Care (socially distanced) Conversation: your experiences of attending A&E during lockdown

National COVID-19 news

(1)  The government had published a summary from a local authority survey in England to help understand the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak on children’s social care. 

(2) The government want your views on changes to the Human Medicine Regulations to help with the safe and efficient distribution of a COVID-19 vaccine and expanded flu vaccine programme in the UK, along with treatments for COVID-19 and any other diseases that become pandemic. This consultation closes on 18 September 2020.

(3) Wider impacts of COVID-19 - a national report


(C) Local COVID dataincluding

(1) Local data on COVID deaths in care homes 

(2) Local data on COVID and updated statistics 


(D) COVID: government update: including data on COVID-19: R rates, confirmed cases, deaths rates, and an update from the test and trace national testing programme.

We have also included some recent government announcements on COVID-19.


(E) Resources, advice, and information 

(1) Mental Health

(2) Young People


(F) As always, we have included links to Healthwatch guidance on health and social care. Plus, accessibility resources to help you communicate about COVID-19

Healthwatch website. Information is available in a variety of formats and our fully accessible COVID-19 webpage can be accessed via:


Please view this weeks briefing containing information on:

What are the differences between the Covid-19 tests?


How are you? Free healthy lifestyle advice during Covid-19


Brighton & Hove Covid-19 Escalation Framework

Public Health have introduced a new escalation framework, using a traffic light system – from green to yellow, amber and red -  to keep everyone in the city up to date about the current rate of confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Brighton & Hove and how they can help to prevent the spread of infection.


Starting this week the city’s status will be updated weekly on a new Current Alert Level and Guidance web page.

We will also highlight groups and settings that are particularly affected so people can make extra efforts to reduce their risk.   

I’m asking everyone to play their part and follow the guidance. To slow the virus we all need to step up physical distancing, wear face coverings where advised, limit contact between households and follow the ‘rule of six’ and also think ‘hands, space, face’ . Businesses also have a vital role to play by ensuring they are helping their customers to stay safe.