Coronavirus COVID-19 Patient Information and Advice

Following the recent increase in the prevalence of Coronavirus (COVID-19), Sussex MSK Partnership East is taking steps to help protect the health and safety of our patients and staff and ensure robust plans are in place should there be any significant impact locally.

Coronaviruses are a group of viruses common across the world. COVID-19 is a new strain of coronavirus first identified in Wuhan City, China in January 2020. Further information on the symptoms, management and risks of coronavirus (COVID-19), how to avoid catching or spreading it and what to do if you become unwell or think you may have it can be found at:

NHS 111 has an online coronavirus service that can tell you if you need medical help and advise you what to do. Use this service if:

  • You think you cannot cope with your symptoms at home.
  • Your condition gets worse.
  • Your symptoms do not get better after seven days.

NHS England’s advice is that you should stay at home.  Everyone should use social distancing measures to reduce the chances of catching or passing on the Coronavirus, You can see full information about this at:

Other advice is available at

In line with Government and NHS England advice and actions to ensure NHS resources are available to treat patients affected by Coronavirus (Covid-19) all routine surgery has been cancelled.

We are currently working with our clinical teams to plan how the Covid-19 outbreak will affect our MSK services. Currently no face to face consultations are being carried out however we are ensuring that emergency and urgent cases are being managed appropriately. This is a fast moving situation and we will add more information as quickly as we can.

Updated 26/3/2020