Call for patient bus to be rolled out to Seaford

Cllr Sam Adeniji
Cllr Sam Adeniji

A councillor said he believes a pilot transport service which takes patients from their homes in Peacehaven, Newhaven and Telscombe to health facilities should be rolled out to Seaford.

Cllr Sam Adeniji said he welcomed news that the NHS High Weald Lewes Havens CCG had commissioned the service which gives patients free and accessible transport to their GP practices and the Lewes Victoria Hospital.

But he said it was ‘disappointing people in Seaford are missing out’ and called on the Eastbourne, Hailsham and Seaford CCG, which runs health services in Seaford, to follow its example.

He said: “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?

“I urge 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.”

A CCG spokeswoman said: “One of our key priorities under the East Sussex Better Together programme is to ensure people can access care as close to home as possible by investing in more services located in communities and outside of acute hospital settings.

“The new musculoskeletal hub we have commissioned at the Seaford Horder Centre will provide a full range of pre and post-operative services for patients with bone, muscle and joint problems and is a prime example.

“There is clear evidence that those acute hospital services that have been centralised in recent years are demonstrating improved safety and quality and better outcomes for all patients.

“We do appreciate though that for some patients this may involve additional travel and we continue to explore how this can be mitigated in our on-going dialogue with local stakeholders. We note with interest the community transport service being trialled by High Weald Lewes Havens CCG.

“While it does not provide transport to acute hospitals or other NHS facilities outside of this area, we are keen to understand any learning that we can from this pilot.”