Littlehampton GPs a lifeline to A&Es on ‘black alert’

Bupa CSH has withdrawn from the procurment process to provide MSK services in Coastal West Sussex
Bupa CSH has withdrawn from the procurment process to provide MSK services in Coastal West Sussex

DOCTORS in Littlehampton and Angmering were doing their bit to ease pressure on Accident and Emergency departments at hospitals on ‘black alert’.

NHS Coastal West Sussex Clinical Commissioning Group worked with Western Sussex Hospitals Trust to make sure people could see a doctor on Saturday and Sunday (January 10 and 11) by opening eight extra surgeries.

These included Park Surgery in Littlehampton and the Angmering Medical Group.

Other surgeries had opened on New Year’s day and in the first weekend of January.

This action came after Worthing Hospital and St Richard’s Hospital, Chiches-ter were put on ‘black alert’ because bed capacity had been reached. GPs saw 360 extra people over the weekend.

A spokeswoman for the Clinical Commissioning Group said: “The CCG is working with all health partners to try and ensure everyone is treated quickly and appropriately – and has decided to try something new.”