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East Surrey Hospital gets ready as they see increase in coronavirus cases



The Chief Executive of Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust has confirmed that the hospital is taking action to ensure that they are ready for any rapid increase in admissions.

As more and more parts of the country begin to see more lockdown measures imposed upon them (too late some may say) the local emergency hospital for Crawley has already begun to make preparations.

Described by some as the ‘hot’ intensive care unit – the unit was shut down not long after the national lockdown ended and cases subsided.

But now the unit has had to be re-opened as cases begin to increase once more.

Michael Wilson CBE, chief executive of Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust, said:

“We know cases across the country are rising so we are making sure we are ready here at the hospital where we have seen a small increase over the last week.

It is absolutely crucial that everyone continues to follow the guidelines by washing hands regularly, wearing masks where required and keeping a safe distance from other people whenever possible. Anyone worried about symptoms or not sure what to do should use the 111 service on the NHS website or by phone.

Your local NHS is still here for you, so do not delay seeking help for other health issues too – the 111 service as well as your local pharmacy and GP can provide help and support, with accident and emergency services available for life threatening emergencies.”

The news comes just a Health Secretary Matt Hancock confirmed that people should report anyone they see breaking the emergency COVID-19 rules, adding on SKY News: “Everybody has got a part to play in this.”


Council announce service changes as Crawley moves to Tier 4



With Crawley being placed under tier 4 restrictions from Boxing Day, several Crawley Borough Council buildings and services will close or operate differently.

The Town Hall, which is now closed for the Christmas and New Year holiday, will remain closed from Monday 4 January until further notice.

Despite this, the councils services will continue to operate and will be providing additional services for the most vulnerable residents and distributing the latest round of grants to local businesses once they have received guidance from the government.

With the Town Hall closed, there are several ways to continue to access council services.

Visit for service information and for access to rubbish and recycling updates for your home, your Council Tax account and our extensive library of forms.

To pay by debit or credit card you can do so online at, over the phone by calling our automated payments line on 01293 438312 or at your bank.

The full list of changes is:

  • The Town Hall closed to the public at 4pm on Wednesday 23 December
  • K2 Crawley and the Broadfield 3G pitch will close at 4pm on Christmas Eve
  • The Bewbush Centre Gym will close at 2pm on Christmas Eve
  • Tilgate Nature Centre will close on Christmas Eve
  • Community centres will be closed and only open for pre-schools and crèches if schools are closed
  • The Hawth will close on Christmas Eve after the performances of the pantomime and A Christmas Carol. The pantomime has been filmed and will be available to watch on The Hawth’s website at
  • The Employ Crawley Youth Hub will continue to operate with virtual appointments from 4 January. To arrange an appointment call 07814 903871 / 07909 730956 or email
  • All public toilets will close except the toilets next to the car park at Tilgate Park. All toilets will remain accessible to people with a Radar Key
  • Tennis courts and multi-use games area will only remain open for use with others within your household, support bubble, or with one person from another household.

Waste, recycling and garden waste collections will continue, although these will be on different dates due to Christmas and New Year.

To find your dates and to download your 2021 calendar visit

Pest control and housing repairs will continue as they have over the past few months. All council play areas and outdoor gyms will remain open although as resources for cleaning them are limited they are to be used at people’s own risk.

Applications for tier 4 business grants will open shortly. More details about how to apply will be published when the council receives guidance from the government.

Councillor Peter Lamb, Leader of Crawley Borough Council, said:

“We all must do everything we can to help reduce transmission, the sooner we can get rates back under control the sooner we can return to normal, and that includes local authorities.

“While all council workers will continue to work hard for the town through this period, some facilities will have to close and the way we deliver others will have to change in order to help stop the pandemic spreading.”

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