Category: Sussex

From the Rye and Battle Observer.

Blow for patients as beds set to go at Eastbourne DGH

Published Date: 01 October 2010
TWENTY inpatient psychiatric beds will close at Eastbourne DGH next year, despite concern from Eastbourne Borough Council.

The PCT says changes to mental health services were given the green light by East Sussex County Council Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee (HOSC) last week.

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and the local primary care trust say the bed closures will be accompanied by improvements to care in the community.

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From the Rye and Battle Observer. 17th September 2010

EASTBOURNE Borough Council has called on the PCT to rethink its proposal to close inpatient beds at the DGH’s psychiatric ward.

The NHS East Sussex Downs and Weald and the NHS Hastings and Rother plans to cut the 122 in-patient beds at Eastbourne DGH and the Conquest in Hastings by 30.

The proposal was met with concerns by Eastbourne councillors who raised their concerns at a council meeting in Eastbourne Town Hall on Wednesday night (September 15).

Councillor Greg Szanto said care for psychiatric patients was already ‘inadequate’ and ‘inhumane’.

Cllr Szanto said, “The reality is the people who need inpatient care desperately need it. Sadly most are in prison and thousands and thousands are on the streets or living in accommodation which is completely inadequate.

“Suggesting we do not need these inpatient beds in nonsense.

“The strength of a community can be measured by the care it provides for its most vulnerable members. The most vulnerable group in our community, as it is in any community, is those suffering from acute mental illness……

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From Kent and Sussex Courier. 10th September 2010.

MEN with mental health issues will be unable to attend a vital therapeutic workshop in Crowborough because the NHS has axed their transport.

“Tim Page, 54, of Jonas Lane, Wadhurst, attends a Monday morning woodwork session at Grove House day hospital in Crowborough.

He suffered a mental breakdown seven years ago, but said the workshops had given him a form of therapy and the opportunity to make friends.

The self-funding group runs its own workshop, making garden furniture for the hospital or selling it to raise money. The only cost to the NHS trust is the transport.

But when they turned up this week they were told funds for their car, driven by volunteers, had been cut.

Mr Page said: “We have been worried about this for months because we kept hearing about it and no-one would tell us what was happening. Then they dropped the bombshell today when we walked in.

“Two of the other blokes are really upset. They don’t get out so it is a relief to get out and talk to other blokes.” …

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