Residents urged to speak ahead of full inspection

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Stephen Lloyd MP has called on Eastbourne residents to share their experiences of the DGH in advance of the Care Quality Commission (CQC)’s inspection of the East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust.

The CQC is holding two listening events in advance of the inspections, where members of the public will be able to tell the inspection panel about their views and experiences of the Trust.

The views and experiences will help inspectors decide what to look at when they inspect the hospitals and community services run by the Trust in September.

The formal inspection of ESHT will start on September 8, with the listening event to be held the week before on September 4 at the International Lawn Tennis Centre from 6pm.

For those unable to attend the event, the CQC can be contacted at or on 03000 616161.

Mr Lloyd said, “This is an important opportunity for everyone in Eastbourne to let the CQC know exactly what they think and to share their experiences of our own DGH. I would like to ask everyone to save the date in their diary so that the inspectors can hear from the widest possible cross-section of people across Eastbourne and beyond, so we can make sure they understand the strength of feeling we all have for our hospital and the vital services it provides, and the very real concern many of us have of the patient impact following recent core service changes.”

The listening meeting will take place at Devonshire Park on College Road from 6pm to 7.30pm, with doors opening at 5.30pm.

A full report of the CQC’s findings will be published online later this year.