Staff from the Sussex Community NHS Trust (SCT) joined community, nursing and therapy teams to host a visit by Wealden MP Nus Ghani to to Uckfield Community Hospital last week.
The teams support and help people to live healthy, independent lives at home as well as enable them to re-adjust to home life after a stay in hospital.
The visit was supported by the hospital’s Friends who raise money to buy equipment to improve patients’ experiences. Since 2010 they have given almost £.5m including a day room extension, X-ray machine upgrade from analog to digital, mattresses, privacy screening, upgraded surgical equipment, TVs in all areas, technical literature and new furniture.
Ms Ghani visited the unit where minor injuries, including fractures, are treated. This is staffed by emergency nurse practitioners and other nursing staff seven days a week from 8am-8pm. She also saw X-ray facilities available between 9am-4pm, weekdays and noon-6pm Saturday and Sunday. Also on her itinerary was the 14-bed Harlands Ward providing care for patients who need short-term rehabilitation before returning home, and the theatre where the SCT provides day surgery.
After meeting nursing teams who provide community care, Nus Ghani said: “I’m hugely grateful to everyone who welcomed me so warmly at Uckfield Community Hospital – the nurses, volunteers, radiographers, trainee physios, cleaners, patients and others. Meeting them gave me a real understanding of what it takes to run all the different units day to day. Community services are a vital piece of the health and care jigsaw, and giving patients the confidence that comes with independence is a wonderful thing for which we should all be thankful. The dedication of all staff, and their pride in their hospital, was great to see.”
Alison Whitehorn, SCT operating officer said: “It was a privilege to meet Nus and show her the services we provide. Our vision is to provide excellent care at the heart of the community, help people remain as independent as possible and get back home after a period in hospital.”
In 1881 Richard Streatfeild, squire of Uckfield donated a house and grounds for a hospital. The current building opened in 1994.
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