A Hankham resident says a shuttle bus running between the DGH and Hastings hospital would benefit patients and those visiting sick relatives.
Jane Goudge is planning to write to Eastbourne MP Stephen Lloyd and the trust that runs the DGH about her proposal, following changes to services which mean Eastbourne residents have to travel further afield for some appointments.
Mrs Goudge said her idea had seen support at a meeting of the Stone Cross, Pevensey Bay and Westham Patient Participation Group.
She added, “Having been very involved in local hospitals as a member of staff, patient or visitor for many years, I have been following correspondence about the transfer of some services to different hospital sites with interest.
“I understand the concerns but also realise that with the medical advances we cannot expect the expertise and medical equipment to be offered in every hospital and therefore we may have to travel further. I feel a shuttle bus between the sites of The Conquest Hospital and the District General Hospital would help allay concerns, as many are worried about the travelling and therefore complain about the new plans.”
Mrs Goudge, who also plans to flag up the proposal with bus companies, said the idea could be for the bus to run continually all day and late into the evenings, with a small charge and the detail of fares, bus passes and car park charges being discussed in more detail.
Referring to the shuttle bus Dr Sithu Maung, a partner at Stone Cross, Pevensey Bay and Westham Surgery, said, “I think it’s a sensible idea but strongly feel that most, if not all services, could be returned at the local hospital which I feel would be even more beneficial to the health of patients in Eastbourne.”
East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust, which runs the DGH, said there were no plans for a shuttle bus between the DGH and the Conquest Hospital in Hastings.