More health services needed in Seaford

Former Seaford Day Hospital
Former Seaford Day Hospital

A councillor criticised health chiefs for not providing key health services at newly opened Horder Healthcare in Seaford.

Cllr Sam Adeniji said Seaford residents had been let down yet again when services such as physiotherapy were not provided at the new health centre.

But the Eastbourne, Hailsham and Seaford Clinical commissioning Group (CCG), which commissions providers to deliver services said one of its top priorities was to ensure more services were available locally but that this could not happen overnight.

Cllr Adeniji said: “The recent opening of the Old Seaford Day Hospital, without many of the much needed NHS services eg physiotherapy, is bad news for the people and an indictment of the CCG who yet again have let down the people of Seaford.”

He added: “Each time we meet with representatives of the CCG, they tell us of their commitment to providing services locally but their actions do not match their words. The CCG have promised much but have delivered nothing.”

Independent charity Horder healthcare opened its new centre at the former Seaford Day Hospital on Monday August 4.

But Amanda Philpott, chief officer of Eastbourne, Hailsham and Seaford CCG, said: “We are pleased to note that Horder is providing a full range of pre and post-operative physiotherapy and musculoskeletal services to NHS patients at its new Seaford base, with additional consultant clinics to begin in September.

“Our position in respect of Horder Healthcare in Seaford has been entirely consistent.

“We have said we will work with local people and Horder to explore whether any NHS services may be able to be provided from the facility in future.

“But at no point have we committed to buying additional services from any non-NHS provider just because they have decided to buy property locally. As stewards of public funds it must be understood that any decision we make to invest in new services means that resources have to be taken from elsewhere.”