Urgent Treatment Centre opens at Lewes Victoria Hospital

A new Urgent Treatment Centre has opened at Lewes Victoria Hospital ‘delivering efficient, high quality and compassionate care’ during the current challenging times.

Wednesday, 13th May 2020, 4:12 pm
Updated Wednesday, 13th May 2020, 4:18 pm

The UTC is on the site of the former Minor Injury Unit at the hospital in Nevill Road, Lewes.

Dr Elizabeth Gill, chief medical officer for Sussex Clinical Commissioning Groups, said: “The new UTC at Lewes will ensure local people receive the best treatment possible in the right setting for them, while supporting the wider local healthcare system to free up emergency care for those who need it most.

“I have no doubt that the UTC will hugely improve the care the local community receives for many years to come.”

Inside the new Urgent Treatment Centre at Lewes Victoria Hospital. Picture by Sussex NHS Commissioners

The former Minor Injury Unit at the site closed in last year, and has undergone refurbishment as a UTC.

The major improvement works started last year, well before the Covid-19 pandemic started and understandably this has had an effect on how services can be delivered from the new UTC during these unprecedented times.

Its successful completion is the result of close partnership working between Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust, the local clinical commissioning group (CCG), and GPs from Foundry Healthcare Lewes, with the invaluable support of The Friends of Lewes Victoria Hospital.

The UTC is equipped to diagnose and deal with common ailments such as strains and sprains, eye problems, suspected broken limbs, abdominal pain, minor head injuries, or cuts that need stitches.

Inside the new Urgent Treatment Centre at Lewes Victoria Hospital. Picture by Sussex NHS Commissioners

But to ensure the safety of staff and patients, changes to the way the service operates have been put in place in light of the coronavirus pandemic.

This is to minimise risk to staff and other patients during the challenging times created by Covid-19.

People are asked not to arrive at the UTC unless they have first called NHS 111 or accessed NHS 111 online, where they will be assessed and directed to the most appropriate service for them.

To enable appropriate social distancing and minimise wait times patients at the UTC will be seen by appointment only.

Inside the new Urgent Treatment Centre at Lewes Victoria Hospital. Picture by Sussex NHS Commissioners

Dr Sara Lightowlers, medical director for Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We would like to take this opportunity to thank our partner organisations, and our dedicated SCFT teams, for ensuring that these major improvement works were completed on schedule during these really challenging times.

“The new UTC will support our local healthcare system and the community it serves, helping us to deliver efficient, high quality and compassionate care to those who need it most.”

The new centre is open 8am-8pm, seven days a week.

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Inside the new Urgent Treatment Centre at Lewes Victoria Hospital. Picture by Sussex NHS Commissioners

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