High Sheriff opens extension at Lewes Victoria Hospital

The official opening of the extension at Lewes Intermediate Care Unit was presided over by Peter Field
The official opening of the extension at Lewes Intermediate Care Unit was presided over by Peter Field

An extension to the therapy rooms at Lewes Intermediate Care Unit was officially opened by the Lord Lieutenant of East Sussex Peter Field.

The extension increased the size of the physiotherapy gym and provided an assessment area where occupational therapists could work with patients.

The building work, which cost more than £100,000, was funded by the League of Friends of Lewes Victoria Hospital.

The Care Unit, based at the Lewes Victoria Hospital site just off Nevill Road, is a 26 bed unit providing rehabilitation for patients following a stay in an acute hospital, or for others who often need to regain their confidence and the skills to help them return home safely.

Director of nursing for East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust Alice Webster said: “On behalf of the trust, we’re delighted with this extension which will improve outcomes for our patients.

“The unit has cared for around 300 local patients over the last year and I know our future patients will benefit from this improved facility.

“Our thanks to the League of Friends who have supported this venture, as well as many other initiatives at the hospital, their support and friendship are invaluable.”

Chief officer of High Weald Lewes Havens Clinical Commissioning Group Wendy Carberry, said: “The staff and services provided at our community hospitals are key to treating and caring for local patients and keeping them healthy.

“On behalf of the Clinical Commissioning Group I would like to thank the League of Friends for their continued support to the Lewes Victoria Hospital.

“As clinical commissioners we will continue to work closely with them and the community hospitals so these valued resources remain at the heart of our plans for local healthcare services both now and in the future.”

League of Friends chair Nick Darby said: “We were delighted to be able to fund this extension which will enhance the services which can be provided to Lewes and Havens patients at the Intermediate Care Unit.”