Report – The NHS, COVID – 19 and Lockdown: The Black, Asian, Minoritised Ethnic and Refugee Experience in Brighton and Hove

In July 2020, TDC and five partners: Sussex Interpreting Services, Hangleton & Knoll Project, Voices in Exile, Network of International Women and Fresh Youth Perspectives, surveyed 310 people from Black, Asian, minoritised ethnic, refugee and migrant communities in Brighton and Hove to find out about their experiences of the NHS, Covid-19 and lockdown.

Dr Anusree Biswas Sasidharan led the research which was funded by Sussex NHS Commissioners.

You can read the full report and a summary on our website including recommendations to the commissioners. 

Key findings included:

  • 13% of respondents had had a positive covid-19 test
  • 21% of BAMER key workers in this research felt they were expected to take more risk compared to white colleagues
  • Only 5% of respondents were uncertain about symptoms
  • There were high levels of trust for the NHS (70%) although many had negative experiences (49%)
  • Negative experiences included communication and language difficulties, cancellation of appointments often leading to poor health outcomes and perception of discriminatory treatment
  • Lack of knowledge and information was more likely for those with language needs

In total, three reports were commissioned by Sussex NHS, as well as Brighton & Hove, research was also carried out in Crawley by the Citizens Advice Bureau and in Hastings by Hastings Voluntary Action. 

All three reports are now available to view and download on the Sussex Health & Care Partnership website →

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