HEALTH bosses have just released a statement saying the NHS in Sussex is extremely busy.

Their message is: “Think you need A&E?

Don’t just turn up.

Call 111 first.

They will talk to you about the help you need and can book you a time with the right local service.

The NHS is working extremely hard to provide care, with demand on services rising significantly.

To stay safe and help the NHS everyone needs to do their bit.

We all need to follow the guidance to stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

We can all do out bit to keep Sussex safe – remember Hands, face, space, working from home where you can, and all of the requirements of the Tiers where you live.

Demand for NHS services has risen significantly, is working hard to continue to provide care to patients and we can all help – remember government guidance, and please wait to be about the COVID-19 vaccination – you will be called when it is your turn.·

All urgent operations, cancer and diagnostics are still continuing at hospitals across Sussex, despite the rising demand for services.

Please continue to attend your appointments unless you hear from the NHS directly.”