Meetings on health issues next month

Eastbourne DGH, District General Hospital. July 19th 2013 E30009P

Eastbourne DGH, District General Hospital. July 19th 2013 E30009P

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The community is being invited to attend meetings which will discuss the future of local health services.

The three East Sussex NHS clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) will hold extraordinary meetings on December 11. The team will be considering proposals for the future of health services and the main focus will be on maternity and paediatric services and the future provision of dementia assessment beds.

Options for how high quality maternity and paediatric services could be safely and sustainably provided are currently being developed by the CCGs. This has been informed by a period of patient and public engagement. The governing bodies of each CCG will be considering these proposed future delivery options and decide whether to submit them to East Sussex County Council’s Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee (HOSC). HOSC will meet on January 10 to decide whether the proposals should be subject to formal public consultation. A public consultation on the provision of dementia assessment beds in East Sussex closed in October and the CCGs will be required to agree a preferred option at these meetings. This decision will be referred to the January HOSC meeting for approval.

Amanda Philpott, joint chief officer of Eastbourne, Hailsham and Seaford CCG and Hastings and Rother CCG, said, “In respect of maternity and paediatrics, governing bodies will be considering options for how these services might be delivered in a safe and sustainable way in the long term. If HOSC considers that these recommendations constitute a substantial change to local service provision then a 12-week period of widespread formal public consultation will commence in January.

“CCGs would then make a final decision next summer. The proposals around dementia have already been subject to public consultation.”

Eastbourne, Hailsham and Seaford CCG and Hastings and Rother CCG will meet at the Horseshoe Inn, Windmill Hill, Herstmonceux, from 2.30pm and High Weald Lewes Havens CCG will meet at Lewes Sports Club in Kingston Road from 1.30pm. There will be the chance for the public to ask questions.