A review of NHS maternity and paediatric services in East Sussex has set up social media profiles to help people stay up to date and have their say on the issue.
The Better Beginnings review, being led by the three clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) which will decide how the services will be offered in the long term, is on Facebook and Twitter at: https://www.facebook.com/betterbeginningseastsussex?ref=hl and https://twitter.com/BetterBeginsES.
A spokesperson for the CCGs said, “We are committed to listening to and learning from the public as we review these services and recognise that social media is a very important platform for us to share information and engage with local people.”
The Better Beginnings review started in July following the publication of the Clinical Case for Change – a study by senior doctors, midwives and other health professionals across Sussex, which found that maternity and paediatric services in East Sussex failed to consistently meet a set of agreed safety and quality standards. The study related to the services being provided before the temporary changes introduced by East Sussex Healthcare Trust in May 2013 which saw the DGH become a maternity led midwifery unit.
There have been focus groups on the issue and on Tuesday (November 12) there will be a discussion on maternity in Eastbourne from 6pm - 8pm at the 3VA offices, 8 Saffrons Road.