Health meeting to take place in Seaford

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SEAFORD residents are being invited to an event which sheds light on proposals to change the way stroke care, unplanned orthopaedics and unplanned general surgery are provided in East Sussex.

The event is open to all and will be held on Thursday August 23 at Seaford Baptist Church in Belgrave Road, from 6pm to 8.30pm.

Anyone can drop in at any time between these times to find out more about the proposals, talk to clinicians and give their views.

The 14 week public consultation called Shaping our Future started on Monday June 25 and ends on September 28.

During the consultation local people are invited to comment on proposals for the future of stroke, unplanned and higher risk general surgery and unplanned and higher risk orthopaedic services in East Sussex. The NHS in East Sussex said it was proposing improvements in these three specialist areas, so local patients had a better standard of care which met national best practice and enabled them to recover faster and more fully.

Dr Martin Writer, Eastbourne GP chair Eastbourne, Hailsham and Seaford Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “As doctors working in East Sussex we are committed to improving the healthcare available for our communities.

“Like everyone in East Sussex, we want Eastbourne DGH and Conquest Hospital to remain thriving major sites.

“These proposals are not a threat to that ambition, they are a means of achieving it.

“They are about raising the standard of care in three specialist areas. On occasions some patients will need to travel further for some specialist services but these changes will guarantee the right specialist teams are in place, at the right time, with dedicated facilities for recovery before going home.”

Dr Andy Slater, medical director for East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust, said: “We want every operation to go ahead on time as planned.

“We want every patient needing unplanned diagnosis and treatment to be seen and treated swiftly by skilled and expert doctors. We want everybody who has had treatment to get the right support afterwards to enable a strong recovery in good time.

“These goals are not currently achievable and we want to change that. Staff at both Eastbourne DGH and Conquest Hospital work incredibly hard to provide excellent care.

“This is about improving our services so we can do even better.”

The detailed proposals are contained in the public consultation document ‘Shaping our Future’ which has been widely distributed across the region and available to anyone who requests a copy.

The proposals can also be downloaded from the website www.esht.nhs.uk/shapingourfuture where there is the opportunity to respond with comments on the proposals. On the website there is also a summary document available.