A Seaford councillor is asking for a pilot transport service to health facilities to be extended to Seaford.
Sam Adeniji said he welcomed news that the NHS High Weald Lewes Havens CCG has commissioned a service which gives patients in Newhaven, Peacehaven and Telscombe Cliffs free and accessible transport from their homes to their local GP practices or to the Lewes Victoria Hospital.
However, he said it is ‘disappointing that yet again the people of Seaford are missing out’.
He added, “How can it be fair that residents of Seaford who continue to struggle to gain access to local health services cannot have access to this valuable service? Seaford residents have travel to Brighton and Eastbourne for many of our basic outpatients’ treatment. To add insult into injury many basic outpatients treatment have been moved further out to Bexhill, Hastings and Haywards Health. There is no direct bus from Seaford to Eastbourne, Bexhill or Hastings, and some residents have had to pay up to £35.00 for a tax to attend an outpatient appointment in Eastbourne. I urge the Eastbourne, Hailsham and Seaford CCG to emulate the example set by the High Weald Lewes Havens CCG and engage with community transport charity CTLA to provide accessible transport for many residents of Seaford struggling to gain access to local health services in Eastbourne, Brighton or Bexhill.”