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Services A-Z

The A-Z of NHS services in West Sussex.
Accident and emergency (A&E) and 999 calls
Accident and emergency (A&E) departments provide immediate emergency care for people who show the symptoms of serious illness or are badly injured. A&E departments are open 24 hours every day.
Alcohol services
There is a range of help and support available in West Sussex for anyone affected by alcohol. This includes services for people concerned about their own alcohol use and services for people worried about family members or friends.
Audiology: hearing aid services
Action for Deafness provides a full audiology and hearing aid service for NHS West Sussex.
Cancer services
Find out about the two-week referral system, information about treatments and how NHS West Sussex aims to provide more cancer services closer to home in the future.
Carers: support for carers
Carers are people who care for and support relatives or friends who are frail or have physical/mental illness or disability, or are affected by substance misuse.
Chronic pain management services
The Chronic Pain Service provides a comprehensive multi-disciplinary assessment and works closely with the other departments to ensure that patients receive a high quality standard of care and pain management.
Continence services
This specialist service provides assessment and management of bladder and bowel dysfunction for people registered with a GP in West Sussex.
Continuing Healthcare and NHS-Funded Nursing Care
Continuing Healthcare and NHS-Funded Nursing Care is provided over a long period of time to support both adults and children with physical or mental health needs.
Dentists
There are more than 150 dental practices throughout West Sussex providing NHS services.
Dermatology services: Bognor Regis War Memorial Hospital
Bognor Regis War Memorial Hospital provides community dermatology services, triaging, treating and managing adults and children who would otherwise be referred to an acute hospital.
Dermatology services: Mid Sussex Integrated Dermatology Service
Mid Sussex Integrated Dermatology Service provides consultant-led clinics outside of hospital settings. It is a one-stop shop, offering assessment and treatment, including surgery, often in one visit.
Dermatology services: Sussex Community Dermatology Service
Sussex Community Dermatology Service provides consultant-led clinics outside of hospitals. It is a one-stop shop, offering assessment and treatment, including surgery, often in one visit.
Dietetics and nutrition services
You can access comprehensive nutrition and dietetic services in a range of locations across West Sussex. Nutrition and dietetics services provide impartial advice about nutrition and health for adults and children. They can advise about food-related problems and treat disease and ill-health.
Drug services
If you have a drug problem, there is a lot of free support and help available across West Sussex. Services include telephone support, group sessions, supervised community detoxification, social support and onward referral to other specialist agencies.
Expert Patients Programme
The Expert Patients Programme is a self-management course developed for people who live with any long-term health condition. The course aims to empower people to take effective control of their health condition, ultimately allowing them to lead a better quality of life.
GPs: General Practitioners

Your GP's (doctor's) surgery is the right choice for general medical advice and treatment, prescriptions, vaccinations and tests.

Hospitals
NHS West Sussex commissions (plans, buys and checks) health services from a number of hospitals across West Sussex.
Immunisation
A programme of childhood vaccinations, as well as travel and seasonal vaccinations, are all provided in West Sussex, predominantly through your local GP practice.
Immunisation: HPV vaccination
The HPV vaccine for girls can lower the chances of developing cervical cancer.
Maternity services: midwives
During pregnancy a midwife can be a lifeline and provides important advice and support to help guide you through what can be a stressful time. There are a range of midwifery services across West Sussex.
Mental health services
There is a wide range of specialist mental health support available to people in West Sussex – from support in people’s own homes or in the community to specialist inpatient support.
Minor injuries units and urgent treatment centres
If you're thinking about going to accident and emergency (A&E), why not see if you could get the right treatment at a minor injury unit (MIU) or urgent treatment centre (UTC) instead.
NHS Health Check
NHS Health Check is a free 20-30 minute check to assess your risk of developing heart disease, stroke, diabetes and kidney disease. Your results will be discussed with you and you will be given personalised advice.
Opticians (Optometrists)

Optician is a general term that covers both optometrists and dispensing opticians. NHS West Sussex has contracts with over 90 optician practices in West Sussex so you have a wide range of choices.

Out-of-hours services in West Sussex

If you are ill or injured outside your GP's (doctors) usual opening hours, you can still access help and support in West Sussex. Find out about out-of-hours pharmacy opening times, GP services, dental care, NHS Direct, minor injuries units and urgent treatment centres, and accident and emergency services in West Sussex.

Palliative and end of life care
Palliative care aims to achieve the best quality of life for all those patients and families affected by a life threatening illness. End of life care is an important part of palliative care, and usually refers to the care of a person during the last phase of their life.
Personal health budgets
A personal health budget gives you more say, choice and control over your care. If you have a personal health budget, you will be able to use it for a range of things to help you meet your health and wellbeing outcomes or goals.
Sexual health services in West Sussex
In West Sussex there are a range of services to protect your sexual health, through access to a variety of contraceptives, screening programmes and treatments, all provided confidentially.
Smoking: stop smoking services
If you smoke, it is widely recognised quitting is the single best thing you can do to improve your health. We know that going smokefree can be tough, so we offer free help from trained advisers – and it works!
Weight loss services in West Sussex
Losing weight, even small amounts, can bring significant health benefits to people, especially with conditions such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and knee or hip problems. It will also make you feel better and more energetic.