Advice about services during the bank holiday weekend

28 April 2023

As we go into the bank holiday weekend, we want to update you on how to access services and about planned industrial action that is happening across the country this bank holiday weekend.

Nurses are expected to go on strike, from 8pm on Sunday 30 April to 11.59pm on Monday 1 May, led by the Royal College of Nursing (RCN). It is expected that there will be some disruption to NHS services during the 24-hour period with an impact on hospitals and mental health services.

We are prioritising maintaining our urgent care and inpatient services during this period.

  • If you need urgent help or advice in relation to your mental health, a range of support is available including the free, confidential Shout service which is available 24/7 and can be accessed by texting SUSSEX to 85258.
  • The Sussex Mental Health Line, provides listening support, advice and information, is also available on 0800 0309 500.
  • Our Staying Well services provide extra support for when you feel you need it. You can contact and refer yourself directly to the service. Find your nearest Staying Well service.  
  • You can also find more information on Sussex Partnership website which includes how to get urgent help.
  • During strike days, it is likely 999 call handlers will be very busy. The NHS UK website has more information on urgent treatment centres, NHS 111, when to call 999 and when to go to A&E.