SEAFORD: Trust still planning for Health Fair event

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ORGANISERS of the Primary Care Trust (PCT) Health Fair for Seaford residents are still hopeful it will go ahead.

The event was due to be held in the town in spring but has not gone ahead.

The PCT announced it would stage the fair following wide-spread anger by the community when it learnt proposals for a much-needed health facility in the town had been shelved.

A potential site had been identified but hopes for any development were dashed when the PCT said a new build or refurbishment of existing premises could not go ahead partly due to financial constraints.

Samuel Adejini is one of a number of residents who wants to put pressure on the NHS Trust and has received hundreds of signatures in support of a petition calling for better health services in the town.

The father-of-three delivered the petition, which calls on the organisation to recognise the need for more outpatient services in the town, to the PCT offices in spring.

He says that residents should not have to travel to Eastbourne and Brighton for simple outpatient services, minor treatments and operations.

The businessman has also urged health commissioners to hold a public meeting so concerned residents can make their voices heard and he got back in touch with the PCT recently to find out if the fair was still going ahead.

A spokesperson for NHS East Sussex Downs and Weald said, “The NHS in East Sussex remains keen to hold a Health Fair for local people.

“As GP groups move towards taking over the commissioning of health services it is important local GPs are fully involved.

“GPs in East Sussex are keen to actively support this event and discussions with the local MP and a councillor on how best to do this are ongoing.”