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100 days to go - West Sussex gets ready to go smoke-free

01/03/2007 There are now officially only 100 days to go before England becomes smoke-free.

11 people elected to Patient and Public Council

15/03/2010 Eleven people have now been appointed to the new Patient and Public Council and will have a say in how NHS West Sussex is run.

Family facing an ash tray

11 smokers a day stub out in West Sussex in the past twelve months

16/08/2011 Thousands of smokers are now smokefree in Sussex thanks to the support on offer from NHS Stop Smoking services.

74% Have flu jab

14/04/2008 People at risk this winter were protected.

76% have flu jab

01/03/2007 West Sussex Primary Care Trust (PCT) is pleased to announce that the latest figures show 76 per cent of people aged 65 and over living in West Sussex have had the free flu vaccination, compared with a national average of 74%.

A changing age for smoking – advertising marks one week to go

24/09/2007 69% of adults in the South East believe that raising the age of sale for tobacco products ’makes sense’

A pair of breastfeeding advisors hang up their knitted breasts!

23/01/2009 Hari Doman and Cath Short are bidding a fond farewell to new mums in Durrington after more than seven years of support.

A Smokefree future

01/02/2010 An ambitious new strategy to halve the number of smokers across the country is being welcomed in West Sussex.

A step in the right direction

10/06/2009 People can step towards a healthier life, with the launch of a new series of walks in West Sussex.

A&E departments to remain at all three hospitals

07/05/2008 The service model proposed by clinicians and backed by Sir Graeme Catto, which would keep A&E services in all three hospitals (St Richard's Hospital, Princess Royal Hospital and Worthing Hospital), was approved by West Sussex PCT at a board meeting.

Action plan to help people with learning difficulties

10/12/2009 A major action plan will be drawn up to see how and where health services for people with learning difficulties can be improved in West Sussex.

Alcohol Awareness Week in West Sussex

16/11/2011 Warnings to parents, details of local events and real life stories from those affected by alcohol misuse.

Amnesty for community equipment across West Sussex

23/05/2012 An appeal has been launched by the West Sussex Community Equipment Service to reduce the amount of loaned equipment that is not returned or lost across the county.

An Olympic gold medallist to recognise achievement of West Sussex mums

06/02/2009 Twelve mothers who have qualified to support other mums who want to breastfeed are to graduate in a special ceremony in Lancing on Monday, 9th February 2009.

Annual Staff Survey 2008

25/03/2009 The results of the annual NHS Survey, one of the largest staff surveys in the World, are published by the Health Care Commission today 25 March 2009.

Another important victory for protecting children from tobacco and a step closer to a Smoke Free future

15/10/2009 West Sussex health experts are celebrating this week as we have all moved a step closer to protecting young people from the dangers of taking up smoking.

Are you eating too much salt?

01/02/2007 West Sussex Primary Care Trust (PCT) supports the battle against salt during Salt Awareness Week from 29 Jan to 4 Feb 2007.

Are you eligible for the West Sussex Warm Home discount?

11/11/2011 Support is available from major energy suppliers to help the vulnerable and those in hardship in West Sussex to pay for their energy this winter.

Are your boots made for walking?

21/09/2009 Everyone in Mid Sussex can take a step in the right direction to a healthier lifestyle this week.

Are your children scared by your smoking?

03/11/2008 West Sussex Primary Care Trust (PCT) is welcoming a brand new advertising campaign that portrays children’s fear of parents dying because of smoking.

Arm against cervical cancer – new HPV vaccination programme set to start in West Sussex schools

30/10/2008 THE new Arm against cervical cancer vaccination programme will start to be rolled out throughout West Sussex in all state and independent schools from November 2008.

Avoid fatty food and look after your heart

24/02/2010 Many of you will be giving up chocolate or alcohol for Lent, but health experts in West Sussex are encouraging everyone to cut out fatty foods during Lent and look after your hearts as part of National Heart Month.

Awards for drug network advisors

20/01/2010 Volunteer advisors who help and support people affected by a relative or friend’s misuse of alcohol or drugs have received achievement awards in recognition of their work throughout 2009.

£1,500 extra for voluntary organisations in Arun

11/12/2008 Voluntary services in the Arun district are being urged to apply for up to £1,500 funding from a West Sussex Partnership.

“You’ve got a friend…all you’ve got to do is call!”

06/08/2009 A new service is being launched in Sussex to help vulnerable people should they become ill with flu.

‘Drop and Stop’ – the new way for pregnant women and parents to quit smoking

01/10/2009 A new ‘drop and stop’ service has been launched by NHS West Sussex to help pregnant women and parents quit smoking.

‘Health Matters’ – a free fun health and well-being event for all

12/09/2008 Free fun health activities, competitions, giveaways plus advice and information about health and health services will be on offer at ‘Health Matters’

‘Jade effect’ boosts cervical screening figures

01/10/2009 Thousands more women across West Sussex have been screened for cervical cancer, new figures show.

‘Stay warm, stay well’ this winter

30/11/2010 As the weather gets colder the NHS is reminding people to think of the needs of friends, elderly relatives and neighbours who could be at risk.

‘Two Minutes Twice a Day’

13/05/2007 West Sussex Primary Care Trust (PCT) is showing its support for National Smile Month.

Bad breath and impotency – the best presents this Valentine’s Day!

11/02/2009 In the build up to Valentine’s Day, smokers in West Sussex are being urged to remember the effect their smoking is having on their mouth and teeth.

Balance and Bones - National Falls Awareness Week

20/06/2008 One person dies every five hours as a result of a fall in the home.

Be responsible – Get yourself tested for FREE!

12/05/2008 Young people in Crawley are being offered FREE Chlamydia testing and advice at Crawley Hospital.

Be sexually aware at the Spiro Clinic

17/12/2008 Young people can now visit a new walk in clinic in Pulborough to discuss sexual health and contraceptive needs.

Bigger and Better for Handcross

01/04/2007 People living in Handcross and surrounding areas are getting a bigger and better Primary Care Centre.

Board meeting will be live on the web

30/05/2008 Members of the public are able to log on and watch a live webcast of the meeting next week

Bognor MP praises local hospital

01/10/2008 Last Friday, Bognor MP Nick Gibb visited the X-ray department at Bognor Regis War Memorial Hospital to see for himself the work being done by the team responsible for detecting osteoporosis.

Students graduating from the ASSIST programme at the Regis School.

Bognor Regis students help others to improve their health

21/07/2011 Pupils at the Regis School have graduated from a groundbreaking project designed to help them improve their health and that of their classmates.

Books not pills to beat anxiety and depression in West Sussex

10/10/2008 Today is World Mental Health Day and it’s a timely opportunity to remind people about the county’s Books on Prescription service.

Child in mother's arms after having a vaccination

Boosting the health of children and young people as Sussex marks Immunisation Week

10/10/2011 Booster vaccinations which protect young children and teenagers from potentially serious diseases are being highlighted as part of Sussex Immunisation Week, which starts today (10 October 2011).

Brand new surgery to offer modern facilities for 21st century

18/08/2009 Patients from Chichester and the surrounding area are going to benefit from new state-of-the-art premises currently under construction at Tangmere.

Breaking the taboo

15/03/2010 Patients, family and others in the community as well as health and social care professionals are being encouraged to break the ‘taboo’ and talk about death and end of life care as part of Dying Matters Week from 15-21 March.