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COUNTY NEWS: Use NHS Minor Injuries Unit to free up A&E this Christmas

The NHS is urging people to use their Minor Injuries Unit for treatment this year, helping free up emergency care services for those most in need this Christmas.

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Popular Slimming World ‘free foods’ now counted as ‘syns’

Popular Slimming World ‘free foods’ now counted as ‘syns’

Slimming World has made major changes to its diet plan with some popular ‘free foods’ now counted as ‘syns’.

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GP ‘hubs’ launched in new health service shake-up

GP ‘hubs’ launched in new health service shake-up

A new shake-up of health services is being made across Horsham, Crawley and Mid Sussex.

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How to keep warm and keep well as winter takes a hold

How to keep warm and keep well as winter takes a hold

With the arrival of very cold weather over the past weekend and the likelihood of more to come over the winter, NHS Choices has advice on keeping warm and keeping well.

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NHS ‘not rationing’ hospital treatments and operations

Hospital operations and treatments for West Sussex patients are not being rationed, according to health chiefs.

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People ‘at risk’ of carbon monoxide poisoning due to lack of awareness

Households across Sussex are being urged to check they have a carbon monoxide (CO) alarm installed after a survey reveals a lack of awareness of the potential dangers.

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Alternatives to calling 999 highlighted by ambulance trust

Alternatives to calling 999 in non-life threatening or non serious situations are being highlighted by Sussex’s ambulance trust in the run up to the busy winter period.

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What parents need to look for as cases of Scarlet Fever reaches 50-year high in England

Scarlet fever hit its highest level in England for 50 years, with more than 17,000 cases reported in 2016 - research in the Lancet shows.

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Important role that community pharmacies play

Vital work of Sussex’s community pharmacies highlighted

With winter on the way, the vital work of local community pharmacies across Sussex has been highlighted.

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Help available for carers across West Sussex

Carers needing support or just someone to chat to are being encouraged to come forward.

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Chris, Kirsty and baby Monty.

COUNTY NEWS: Mum’s thanks to hospital staff for saving premature baby’s life

A new mum whose baby boy was born weighing just 1lb 9oz has spoken out in praise of the doctors, nurses and midwives who saved his life.

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Amy Standen with her son Rhys Fuller, eight

COUNTY NEWS: Mum’s tears over abusive remark to her disabled son

More than 1,000 people on Facebook have rallied behind a mum left distraught by a stranger’s hugely offensive comment about her disabled son.

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The executive leadership team at Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (from left): Pete Landstrom, chief delivery & strategy officer; Marianne Griffiths, chief executive; Mike Viggers, chairman; Dr George Findlay, chief medical officer and Karen Geoghegan, chief financial officer.

West Sussex employers encouraged to join fight to keep flu at bay

Some of the biggest employers throughout West Sussex are taking steps to keep flu at bay by offering free vaccinations to all staff.

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GP surgeries to expand after council funding

Two GP surgeries have received thousands of pounds in funding from Mid Sussex District Council.

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Ambulance trust to introduce new response standards

A new set of ambulance standards aimed at delivering the quickest response to the most serious 999 calls are set to be rolled out in Sussex from next week.

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Importance of HIV early testing highlighted across West Sussex

The importance of being tested early for HIV is being highlighted by West Sussex County Council’s Public Health team ahead of National HIV testing week which runs from November 18-26.

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Patients invited to have a say on revamped NHS 111 hotline

Moves to transform a patient hotline, which has had some criticism from users in the past, have taken a huge leap forward.

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Dave and Dawn Robinault. Dawn was forced to wait seven hours for an ambulance after breaking her hip

COUNTY NEWS: Seven-hour ambulance wait for broken hip

A woman’s seven-hour wait for an ambulance after breaking her hip ‘seemed like an eternity’, her husband has said.

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West Sussex families urged to fight off flu with vaccinations for children

More than half of two to four years olds across West Sussex were left unprotected from the serious effects of flu last year.

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Protein supplement recalled due to allergy fears

A popular brand of protein supplement has been recalled by its manufacturer due to its containing possible allergens not mentioned on its label.

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