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 might have coronavirus
  • In the last 14 days you’ve been to a country or area with a high risk of coronavirus – see coronavirus advice for travellers
  • You’ve been in close contact with someone with coronavirus

NHS England’s advice is that you should stay at home if you are over 70 or have certain conditions.  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

We are currently working with our clinical teams to plan how this will affect our MSK services. This is a fast moving situation and we will add more information as quickly as we can.

Updated 18/3/2020