Residents have their say about health in Seaford

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Residents were able to tell the new owners of Seaford Day Hospital about their health service needs in a public meeting this week.

About 180 people turned out for the public meeting with Horder Healthcare which will open for business in the summer.

The charity will provide much needed services in the town such as physiotherapy and its arrival has been welcomed by local campaigners.

Speaking to the Sussex Express this week, cllr Sam Adeniji, who is a Seaford district and town councillor, said: “I am glad turnout was good for last night’s public meeting regarding Horder Healthcare Seaford.

“The aim of the evening was to introduce Horder Healthcare to Seaford and for them to reassure us that services will be free at point of delivery and for them to get a real feel of our needs.

“The meeting was a success, as it is important for those who make the decisions to hear the strength of feeling in the town.

“The local GPs and the CCG took quite a lot away to consider and hopefully the local GPs, CCG Board and Horder Healthcare will work together to make a meaningful difference to local healthcare provision in Seaford.”

Cllr Adeniji said they were lucky to have key NHS decision makers at the meeting while Karen Planterose, the deputy chief executive officer of Horder Healthcare, outlined plans for the day hospital, now called Horder Healthcare Seaford.

Residents could listen to and ask questions of Dr Martin Writer, the chairman of the Eastbourne, Hailsham and Seaford Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) which controls the local NHS budget and will provide health services in Seaford.

Dr Writer stressed that the CCG remained committed to delivering more outpatient services in Seaford.

There were speeches from Seaford MP Norman Baker and from Ralph Taylor from Improving Seaford Healthcare (previously CASH).

Horder Healthcare commercial director Karen Planterose said: “I’d like to thank everyone who took the time to come along to the meeting.

“It was a pleasure for the team to meet and discuss Seaford healthcare services with such a large number of residents.

“Horder Healthcare plans to work with local commissioners and other key healthcare providers and will be welcoming residents to view the facility in the near future.”