What do you have you stashed away in the back of your medicine cabinet?
Is it overflowing with old packets of drugs that you’ve never opened, inhalers that you’ve never used, or pots of pills you’re keeping ‘just in case’?
Wasted medicines cost our local NHS more than £3million every single year.
Did you know more than 9,400 people work for Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, making it one of the largest employers in the area?
The organisation, which runs St Richard’s Hospital in Chichester, Worthing Hospital and Southlands in Shoreham, also benefits from more than 1,000 volunteers regularly giving freely of their time to help patients and staff.
It might be hard to imagine what you would do if you were suddenly thrown into a situation where you could no longer look after yourself or a loved one.
It’s not something any of us would want for ourselves, but the reality is: there are many who do find themselves in this situation.
Your local health and social care services work tirelessly to make sure people can continue to live as independently as possible.
It’s 3pm on a Friday at St Lawrence Surgery in Worthing.
The small team of reception staff have just taken their 1,200th call from a patient who is asking to see a GP.
There’s three-and-a-half hours of the working day left before the doors close and the seven GPs on today have already seen over 200 patients, made 120 calls back to people via telephone consultations and made nine home visits.
What would you do if your closest friend in the world – the person who has been with you through all the joy and the heartache that life can throw at you - turned to you and asked, urgently, for your help?
Would you turn your back on them in their hour of need? Or would you do anything you could to try to make things better?
This week we are launching Our NHS – a six-week look at our local health and social care across our GP and primary care services, hospitals, social care, community and mental health services.
We are doing it because the NHS belongs to us all - and because it needs our help.
As part of the Our NHS campaign, we have launched a consultation with our patients and communities about the challenges we face in dealing with an increasing demand on services while ensuring that we continue to provide high quality care and treatment.