The minor injuries unit (MIU) at Crowborough War Memorial Hospital will reopen on Monday 14th February.
The unit, run by Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust, has been temporarily closed since August 2021, when staff were redeployed to Uckfield and Lewes.
The Trust have said the with high levels of need, increased people requiring hospital admission and high and unpredictable sickness rates across the health and care workforce, this short-term measure allowed the NHS to continue to offer a consistent minor injuries service for local people at two out of three community hospitals in East Sussex.
Kate Pilcher, Chief Operating Officer at Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust, said:
We know that access to an MIU is important to the local community, and we thank everyone for their patience during the temporary closure of Crowborough MIU.
It was always our intention to re-open the MIU as soon as we could and I am delighted that we are able to do that on Monday 14 February.Kate Pilcher, Chief Operating Officer at Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust
Responding to the announcement Richard Hallett, Vice President of The Friends of Crowborough Hospital said:
The Friends of Crowborough Hospital have been talking to, and working with, Sussex Community Trust, behind the scenes about reopening the Crowborough MIU, and we are absolutely delighted that this much valued and locally important ‘urgent treatment service’ will soon be restored for the local communityRichard Hallett, The Friends of Crowborough Hospital
Nus Ghani MP has recently visited the hospital, and the Town Council expressed their concern over the closure.
The MIU will be open again from 8am to 8pm, seven days a week, from Monday 14th February. Until then, the closest alternative Unit is at Uckfield Community Hospital. List of conditions that can be treated at Crowborough MIU.