THERE have been a staggering 33 deaths in the past week at East Sussex hospitals.

The East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust is under severe pressure at the moment.

It runs the Eastbourne DGH, Conquest at St Leonards and Bexhill Hospital.

A total of 176 people had died in hospital at East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust as of 5pm on December 23.

It means there have been 33 deaths in the past week. These are deaths that occur in hospitals where the patient has tested positive for Covid-19.