First Covid-19 related death in Sussex is confirmed

Eastbourne DGH hospital

East Sussex NHS officials have confirmed a 75-year-old patient at Eastbourne DGH has died after being tested positive for coronavirus.

The county’s Healthcare NHS Trust said the patient had underlying health conditions and a recent history of travel abroad.

It is the first confirmed Covid-19 related death in Sussex, as the UK death toll rises to 104 today (Wednesday, 18).

In a statement, the trust said:

“Our hearts go out to the patient’s family and their loved ones at this difficult time. We would ask that the family’s wishes for privacy are respected.

“The Trust is working to support any patients and members of staff who had come into contact with the patient.

“We want to reassure patients in the hospital or who may be attending appointments that we are following guidelines on managing infectious diseases to minimise any risk to patients and members of staff.”

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