Letter: Lewes hospital is thriving

I AM writing in response to a letter in last week’s Sussex Express that questioned the future of Lewes Victoria Hospital. As Chief Executive of East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust, I can assure the people of Lewes and the surrounding areas that their local hospital is thriving.

It provides a wide range of community services to the local population, including 28 inpatient beds for people requiring rehabilitation in single-bedded rooms with a purpose built therapy gym. There is an expanding radiology service that delivers 7,500 X-rays a year, around 3,000 ultrasounds per year and around 1,400 bone (dexa) scans per year. The minor injuries department was upgraded last year and now provides modern facilities, seeing 7,200 patients every year.

It is open every day 8am-8pm and provides a quick alternative to hospital emergency departments for patients with minor injuries.

There is a busy Outpatients Department that runs Monday to Friday offering clinics in a range of areas, such as ENT, general surgery, respiratory, cardiac, rheumatology, neurology and orthopaedics. There is a thriving day surgery unit, run in collaboration with our colleagues at Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust, as well as specialised children’s services, emergency dental services and a physiotherapy outpatient department.

The hospital is strongly supported by the very active League of Friends who kindly fund expensive equipment which enables us to deliver high quality services to patients.

The services listed above are just some of which are on offer at the hospital and I hope they illustrate just how vibrant and busy Lewes Victoria Hospital is. Indeed, working with local GPs, we are looking to develop more services in the community in the future as a local alternative to acute hospitals.

Darren Grayson

Chief Executive

East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust