The COVID-19 pandemic has directly and indirectly put a great strain
on healthcare through treating patients with diseases related to
COVID-19 infections as well as patients with other conditions and the
knock on impacts of healthcare staff absences due to the virus. The
strain on healthcare, and number of people in hospital, was one factor
in the decision for a national lockdown in England at the end of 2020.
Data for admissions include people admitted to hospital who tested
positive for COVID-19 in the 14 days prior to admission, and those who
tested positive in hospital after admission. Inpatients diagnosed with
COVID-19 after admission are reported as being admitted on the day
prior to their diagnosis. Admissions to all NHS acute hospitals and
mental health and learning disability trusts, as well as independent
service providers commissioned by the NHS are included.
Hospital provider trusts do not have geographically defined boundaries
for their populations nor do they have complete lists of registered
patients and people may be treated in hospitals close to or far away
from where they live. As such it is more difficult to say how many
patients from a certain areas or even the whole of West Sussex county
are in hospital. However, we might expect the majority of West Sussex
residents who require hospital treatment to be in hospital sites of
one of five NHS Trusts:
Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust (hospitals
in Brighton and Haywards Heath)
Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust (hospitals in Crawley
Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust (sites across Brighton
and Hove, East Sussex, and West Sussex)
Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (sites across
Brighton and Hove, East Sussex, West Sussex, and Hampshire)
Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (hospitals in
Chichester, Worthing, and Shoreham-by-sea)
The figure below shows the rolling number of new admissions and
inpatient diagnoses in the past 7 days.
By default, we show the national picture, although you can select the
South East NHS region overall or one of the NHS Trusts operating
around the West Sussex area. This will include hospitals located
outside of the county.
The figure below shows the number of patients with a positive COVID-19
test result at 8:00am on a given day. It also shows the number of
patients occupying beds which are capable of mechanical ventilation.
Note that the data for people in hospital is two days ahead of the
data on admissions.
The next figure shows the number of COVID-19 positive patients
occupying General and Acute adult inpatient beds.
This is not quite
the same as the number of patients in the figures above as it only
includes adult inpatient beds, but it is expected that adults
represent 99% of COVID-19 admissions in hospitals.
The data also are only available for three of the Sussex NHS Trusts (Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust', Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust, and Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust)
This data is only available from November 2020 onwards.