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Don’t waste your holiday waiting in A&E for something simple

Thursday 21st July, 2011

With the summer holidays here, the NHS in Sussex is making sure that people know how and where to get health care and treatment if they need it while out and about in the UK.

There is a range of services available to help you around the clock - from GPs, to pharmacists, to Minor Injuries Units.


Don't just look for the local hospital, do your homework

To avoid having to wait at A&E for something simple, find out about services where you’re heading from NHS choices ( or NHS Direct (0845 46 47).

In addition have a few things to hand like cream for wasp stings, sun protection, and pain killers, which can all make a difference.  And don’t forget to stock up on your prescription medicines too.

Dr Andrew Foulkes, Medical Director at NHS Sussex, explained:  “We want people to know where to go to get the best and most appropriate treatment and advice while out and about or away from home.”

Do you know where you could get help from if you don't need A&E?

There is a wide range of healthcare services across Sussex open over the holidays:

  • To find out about local NHS services, visit NHS Choices at
  • For absolutely any health questions, around the clock, call NHS Direct on 0845 46 47 or visit
  • Pharmacists can answer many questions about common illnesses and are available without an appointment.
  • Some pharmacists are open 24 hours a day over the holidays – call NHS Direct 0845 46 47 or visit to find your nearest open pharmacy. 
  • If you need help when your surgery is closed, you should either call your surgery where you will hear an answer phone message telling you how to contact a doctor out-of-hours, or call NHS Direct on 0845 46 47 to find out where your nearest NHS Walk-in Centre is.  
  • If you have injuries that need medical attention but which are not life-threatening - you can go to your nearest Minor Injuries Unit or Urgent Care Centre - the easiest way to find your nearest centre is by calling NHS Direct on 0845 46 47. 
  • Emergency Departments (A&E) are just that, for life threatening injuries or illnesses.  

Dr Foulkes added: “We hope everyone enjoys themselves over the holidays but we urge people to take care too. Plan ahead if you have a medical condition which needs managing, and make sure you have enough of your medicines. This will leave you free to relax over the summer break .

By choosing well you will receive the right treatment fast, leaving emergency services to those who need them most.”

NHS Walk-in Centres

All centres are open from 8am to 8pm, seven days week, including bank holidays:

  • Brighton Station Health Centre
  • Crawley Health Centre, Haslett Avenue, Crawley
  • Eastbourne Station Health Centre
  • Hastings Walk In Centre, ground floor, Station Plaza Health Centre, Hastings.

Minor Injuries Units

  • Bognor Regis War Memorial Hospital (9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday, except bank holidays)
  • Crowborough War Memorial Hospital (8am to 8pm, seven days week)
  • Horsham Hospital (9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday, except bank holidays)
  • Lewes Victoria Hospital (8am to 8pm, seven days week)
  • Queen Victoria Hospital, East Grinstead (8am to 10pm, seven days a week, including bank holidays)
  • Uckfield Hospital (8am to 8pm, seven days week)

Urgent Care or Treatment Centres

All centres are open 24 hours a day, seven days, including bank holidays

  • Crawley Hospital
  • Royal Sussex County Hospital, Brighton

Find out more about the range of services available across West Sussex.