West Sussex health leaders to meet to discuss Covid-19 outbreak plans

Health leaders will meet next week to discuss the West Sussex Covid-19 Local Outbreak Plans and how the Local Outbreak Engagement Board is supporting the National Test and Trace Programme.

The West Sussex Health and Wellbeing Board will hear feedback on how the Local Outbreak Engagement Board (LOEB) is helping to control the covid-19 rate of reproduction, reduce the spread of infection and save lives, the county council said. The Health and Wellbeing Board will meet online from 10.30am on Thursday October 8, when they will also discuss the Sussex Health and Care Partnership Winter Plan.

The Winter Plan aims to ensure local health systems remain resilient, are able to manage increased demand effectively and maintain patient safety.

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A council spokesman said: “For 2020/21, the planning process has also considered the impact and learning from the current covid-19 outbreak as well as plan for further possible outbreaks.

“Board members will also hear about actions to tackle smoking by the Smoke Free West Sussex Partnership. A report to the Board urges members and their organisations to support the Partnership’s work and help people quit smoking. This has become a priority given Public Health England advice which says those who smoke generally have an increased risk of contracting respiratory infections such as Covid-19.”

The Health and Wellbeing Board brings together senior leaders and officers from the NHS, County Council’s Adults’ and Children’s Services, District and Borough Councils, Public Health, Clinical Commissioning Groups and GPs as well as representatives from Healthwatch, the voluntary sector and elected members.

The Board aims to reduce the health inequalities gap and improve the health and wellbeing of all West Sussex residents.

Members of the public are able to watch the meeting online at http://www.westsussex.public-i.tv/core/portal/home and the full agenda is available to view on the West Sussex County Council website.