VIDEO: Save the DGH march

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Around a thousand people joined campaigners to fight the downgrading of services at the DGH on Saturday.

The old, the young, mums-to-be and families joined Save the DGH campaign chairman Liz Walke and her team and the town’s MP Stephen Lloyd.

Save the DGH protest march around the hospital on September 7th 2013 E37117P

Save the DGH protest march around the hospital on September 7th 2013 E37117P

The move comes four months after the Eastbourne hospital become a stand alone midwifery-led maternity unit and the changes also mean that children are no longer able to stay overnight at the DGH Friston Ward.

East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust (ESHNT), which runs the hospital, said the temporary move had been made on the grounds of safety but it came as a blow to campaigners and followed a decision in November last year by the board of the trust to vote in favour of plans to centralise emergency general surgery and emergency orthopaedics at the Conquest in Hastings, with specialist stroke care remaining at the DGH. This was later backed by NHS Sussex.

Watch the video of the march here and read a full report with photos in Tuesday’s Gazette.