Have your say on maternity and paediatrics

Save the DGH protest march around the hospital on September 7th 2013 E37209P

Save the DGH protest march around the hospital on September 7th 2013 E37209P

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Have your say

The community is being asked for views again over paediatric and maternity services in East Sussex as a further series of public focus groups and interviews take place.

They have been planned by the three GP-led Clinical Commission Groups in East Sussex as part of their Better Beginnings review of the local services.

It follows on from a period of patient and public engagement in the summer which looked at the clinical case for reviewing how these service operate.

The groups are responsible over how maternity and paediatrics services will be offered in the long term. Back in March the decision was made by NHS bosses to see the DGH become a stand alone midwifery-led unit and the change meant children are no longer able to stay overnight in the Friston Ward.

CCGs are now beginning to consider how maternity and paediatrics can best be provided in a safe, sustainable and high-quality way in the long term.

Dr Martin Writer, a GP at Park Practice and chair of Eastbourne, Hailsham and Seaford CCG, said, “We want to test and understand the possible opportunities and challenges of the different ways these services could be provided from the perspective of patients and their families.

“What are the potential benefits of the various models, and what do people have concerns about?”

The first event is on Thursday (October 24) at Community Wise in Ocklynge Road between 12.30pm and 2.30pm which is regarding paediatric services.

Anyone wishing to attend should book a place by emailing: jack.newnham@nhs.net or calling 01273 485300 (ex 3687).