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The NHS wants you to enjoy your summer and stay safe

As we move towards the height of summer, with all the schools on their holidays, and as more facilities and venues start to reopen, your local NHS wants to make sure you enjoy the summer safely and to remind you that the NHS is open for business if you need it. 

30 July 2020

As we move towards the height of summer, with all the schools on their holidaysand as more facilities and venues start to reopen, your local NHS wants to make sure you enjoy the summer safely and to remind you that the NHS is open for business if you need it. 

Tim Caroe and Elizabeth Gill, Chief Medical Officers for the Sussex Clinical Commissioning Groups saidWhilst we are starting to see some of the lockdown rules easingit’s important to remember that we are not completely out of the woods yet and it’s essential to remain vigilant and follow the national guidance to keep you and your family safe.  

“This means if you are leaving your home you need to keep your distance from people outside your social bubble as much as possible. If you need to travel, think in advance about how and when you’ll do so and, for most people, you will need to wear facemasks in enclosed public spaces like shops, supermarkets and banks, and on public transport. 

“You can make sure you keep up to date with the latest guidance by visiting the government website, www.gov.uk/coronavirus, or keep an eye and ear out for adverts on television, radio or in newspapers 

“It’s also important to remember that if you need medical help this summer the NHS is here for you. You can contact NHS 111 or your local GP practice either online or by phone and, if it’s a serious or life-threatening emergency, you should call 999 and if you are told to go to a hospital it’s important that you go. 

If you need to order a repeat prescription, you can do this via the NHS app, through your GP surgery or pharmacies online services where they have one. This will be quicker for you, and helps free up the phone lines for others. 

If you need to collect a prescription but have coronavirus symptoms or are self-isolating at home please arrange for a friend, relative or volunteer to collect it for you.  

We also ask you to help us to be able to keep supplying medicines to everyone who needs them by please only ordering repeat prescriptions in your usual quantities at the usual time. 

“It is also essential that if you, your baby or child need routine vaccinations that you get them. They protect against serious and potentially deadly illnesses and stop outbreaks in the community.  

If the person needing vaccination has coronavirus symptoms or is self-isolating because someone in the household is displaying symptoms, please contact your GP practice for advice. 

“Hopefully we will also see some good weather over the summer but please remember to take care in the sun – you can get sun burn when it’s cloudy – and to check in with any friends, relatives or neighbours who may not be able to take care of themselves in hot weather.” 

The NHS hope you have a great summer and remember, if you are feeling unwell and are in doubt if in doubt where to go, please call NHS 111 who will be able to help.