As you are probably aware, this is a challenging time for the NHS due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Many of our clinical staff have been redeployed to support the inpatient hospital wards and as a result of this we will now be running a reduced service in line with national guidance. We cannot tell how long this will be for.
You can still complete a self-referral. These will be looked at by our clinicians and please be assured you will be contacted if we need to ask you any questions or your condition is considered clinically urgent.
What Happens Next
Unfortunately, there will be longer waits for first appointments. Face to Face appointments will only happen where there is a clear clinical need. This is to reduce the infection risk for both our patients and staff.
Please visit our website for more information: https://sussexmskpartnershipcentral.co.uk/covid-19-faqs/
Regardless of your recent travel history if you have recently developed a cough or fever please do not attend your appointment. You can familiarise yourself with the symptoms and risk factors for Coronavirus on the NHS website
and on the Government's information page for Coronavirus
. If you are concerned contact NHS 111 who will advise you what to do next.
We request you do not self-refer within the first 6 weeks of developing a new condition.
This is because 86 out of 100 people who develop ‘new’ symptoms e.g. shoulder pain get better within 6 weeks. If your symptoms are less than 6 weeks' old you may be able to self-manage with simple advice and exercise. Please visit our website www.sussexmskpartnershipcentral.co.uk/self-care/
for up-to-date information that may help you to manage your symptoms.
However, if you are concerned or your condition is worsening please contact your GP or phone NHS 111.
Do not complete this form and call NHS 111
If you have recently or suddenly developed the following with the onset of lower back pain and / or leg pain:
Do not complete this form but make an appointment to see your GP to discuss your referral
- A change in your bladder function or bowel control.
- Altered sensation around your genitals or back passage.
- Loss of sexual function.
if you have any of the following:
Please do not continue with this form and instead make an appointment to see your GP if you:
- Any unexplained weight loss.
- Are feeling generally unwell / feverish.
- Have recently become unsteady on your feet.
- Are under 16.
- Are unable to attend the Outpatient Department. If you believe you need domiciliary physio (physiotherapy at home).
- Are seeking treatment for Neurological or respiratory disorders or a diagnosed rheumatological condition.