Healthwatch: health, social care and COVID update

Welcome to another Healthwatch health, social care and COVID - 19 update for the 4th September 2020

We have 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.  

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 20th September. You can enter a free prize draw for taking part - Link at the bottom of page 
  • We have published interim results from our Digital Engagement Survey that we ran in the summer. Over 2000 people took part. Read about what people told us in the update 
  • 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 

Health and Social Care Update 

  • Video and remote consultations: a quick step-by-step guide for patients
  • Join the next Big Health and Care (socially distanced) Conversation: your experiences of attending A&E during lockdown

National COVID-19 news

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Wider impacts of COVID-19 – a national report

Local COVID data: including

  • Local data on COVID deaths in care homes 
  • Local data on COVID and updated statistics 

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.

Resources, advice, and information 

  • Mental Health
  • Young People

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:


You can download the bulletin here. If you need it in a different formate please contact us at: 

01273 234 041

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