OUT IN THE FIELD: ‘TripAdvisor’ for health-related issues

Looking good: One of the new glass atrium entrances in Diesel Alley is taking shape
Looking good: One of the new glass atrium entrances in Diesel Alley is taking shape

After my recent rant about the care of the elderly friend at the DGH who was left to feed herself and not offered a shower or bath for three weeks, I was contacted by Healthwatch East Sussex which is something akin to TripAdvisor for health and social care services including hospitals, doctors, dentists and any other form of health care provider you care to mention. The organisation wants to hear your views and opinions so it can pass them up the chain and hopefully make a real difference to the quality of service provision. So, if you have had a good or bad experience at the DGH or even a doctor’s surgery, let them know and together with the consumer champion, we can all play our part in raising important issues and make things better. The website is www.healthwatcheastsussex.co.uk

At long last, all the boxes have been ticked, the i’s have been dotted and the t’s crossed and it looks like there is now nothing stopping the highly-anticipated and much-needed multi-million pound extension to the Arndale Centre. Work is well underway at the new glass entrance in the Diesel Alley stretch of Terminus Road and if you look carefully there are notices about Carluccio’s applying for a licence to serve alcohol. It’s all coming together and soon there will be a timetable of what people can expect to see and when. I will wager the first to relocate to another spot will be the Next store which I gather is to become the new walkway to the extension.

There’s Nothing like a Dame according to the old Rodgers and Hammerstein number from the musical South Pacific and in my opinion, there isn’t a young star locally as talented and versatile as Charlie Weston, who played the Dame in the recent Eastbourne Stagers’ production of Dick Whittington at the Hippodrome. All the cast were great but Charlie was the star of the show with a fantastic comedy performance and he is one to watch for the future. His versatility in recent roles reminds me of a young James Bell.

My favourite restaurant in town this week is Anema e Core at 18 Seaside Road which is tucked away on the one-way stretch between TJ Hughes and Susans Road. The name translates as ‘heart and soul’ and it offers great authentic Italian food, wonderfully friendly staff, excellent value and is brilliant for families or a quiet intimate dinner. We managed to sneak in for a pre-theatre dinner last Saturday and watched as countless people were turned away as the restaurant was already fully booked. It promises the best pizzas in town and with a bottle of house wine only £13, it’s definitely one to try.

Also on my list of places to go was Printers Playhouse and Theatre in Station Street, a restaurant in a previous life which has now been turned in to a theatre and music venue with a bar. On Saturday the talented band Thorntree took to the stage and this week my old schoolmate Julian Rivett will be in Coldstream, the story based on the Coldstream Guards’ last tour of Afghanistan.

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