Have your say on future of hospital

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

The community is being asked for views again over paediatric and maternity services in East Sussex as a further series of public focus groups and interviews take place.

They have been planned by the three GP-led Clinical Commission Groups in East Sussex as part of their Better Beginnings review of the local services.

It follows on from a period of patient and public engagement in the summer which looked at the clinical case for reviewing how these service operate.

The groups are responsible for how maternity and paediatrics services will be offered in the long term. Back in March the decision was made by NHS bosses to see the DGH become a stand alone midwifery-led unit and the change meant children are no longer able to stay overnight in the Friston Ward.

CCGs are now beginning to consider how maternity and paediatrics can best be provided in a safe, sustainable and high-quality way in the long term.

Dr Martin Writer, a GP at Park Practice and chair of Eastbourne, Hailsham and Seaford CCG, said, “We want to test and understand the possible opportunities and challenges of the different ways these services could be provided from the perspective of patients and their families.

“What are the potential benefits of the various models, and what do people have concerns about?”

The first event took place yesterday (Thursday) and there are several more taking place over the next three weeks.

The next one in Eastbourne is on Tuesday November 12 at the 3VA offices in Saffrons Road between 6pm and 8pm, which focuses on maternity services. There are also events taking place in Hastings and Crowborough.

Anyone wishing to attend should book a place by emailing: jack.newnham@nhs.net or calling 01273 485300 (ex 3687).