Former Hailsham mayor thanks hospital

Former mayor Robin Kempe thanks Eastbourne hospital
Former mayor Robin Kempe thanks Eastbourne hospital

The former mayor of Hailsham said he wants to thank the staff at Eastbourne District General Hospital (DGH) for caring for him when he fell ill.

Robin Kempe, who was mayor of Hailsham from 2010 until 2011, was admitted to the hospital after suffering sharp abdominal pain.

Robin, from Vicarage Road in Hailsham, had to undergo urgent repairs to an abdominal aortic aneurysm.

The condition is a bulge in a blood vessel caused by weakness in the blood vessel wall. In some cases the condition does not pose a serious threat to health.

“However it can be life threatening if it ruptures.

Robin underwent surgery to repair the aorta and is now recovering well at home.

He said he was impressed by the staff at the hospital and wanted to thank them.

He said: “I wish to pay a tribute to all of the staff at the DGH for their kindness and professionalism.

“I have been an in-patient several times, and as an out-patient for about 15 years of continuous monitoring of my well-being.

“During all that time I have had nothing but praise for the DGH staff at all levels of skill and responsibility.

“In the early hours of the night of October 4 I was taken by a paramedic to the Accident and Emergency department following a phone call to 111 because of a sharp abdominal pain.

“The A&E reception staff were pleasant, helpful, and sympathetic to my concern about having to wait to see a doctor, but the department was obviously very busy.

“Ultimately I was admitted to an assessment ward where once again the nursing staff were attentive, and efficient.

“Several doctors and then a consultant examined me, and it was decided to keep me in for observation during the weekend.

“It was obvious that I was in great pain, but the nurses were again continuously attentive and did all that they could.

“Following all of that I had an urgent aortic aneurysm repair, and am now progressing well at home.”

A campaign has been on going to save the hospital after some of its services were downgraded.

Last week the trust which runs the hospital, East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust, was criticised by MP Norman Baker who said his constituents had suffered as a result of services being downgraded.

Robin added: “We all read of unfortunate events within the NHS and we are surely glad if we’re not affected, but when praise and thanks are due it is important for the NHS people to know that they are appreciated, particularly at the DGH.”