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EAST Sussex residents are being urged to keep each other safe.

Dr David Walker, Medical Director at East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust and a Hastings resident, said the Trust is admitting more Covid-19 positive patients, following the increase in cases across East Sussex, but especially in the Hastings and Rother area.

Dr Walker said “We are seeing a sharp rise in the number of people coming into our hospitals with Covid-19 and our teams are working incredibly hard to provide these patients with the best possible care.

“There are many things that local people can do to help support their local NHS. Please use NHS services wisely. The NHS is here for you when you need it, but please use 111 as your first point of call for non-critical care.

“The vaccination programme has started but it will be a long process to reach all of our population and so please don’t become complacent. Now that Hastings and Rother has entered Tier 3 it’s important that we all work together to help reduce the spread of the virus in East Sussex by following the mantra: Hands, Face, Space”.

Dr David Walker, Medical Director speaking on camera to Piers Hopkirk, BBC South East reporter