People are invited to take part in a public consultation about proposals to improve mental health inpatient services for adults and older people in East Sussex.
The plan is to move mental health inpatient services from Eastbourne District General Hospital, to new facilities to be built on a different site.
These services could be relocated to a greenfield site next in Bexhill (preferred option), or a site around Amberstone Hospital, near Hailsham.
This would be the first phase towards a long-term vision to create a leading centre for a range of mental health services on a single ‘campus’, which could, over time, address all inpatient needs in East Sussex, including the dementia beds currently at Uckfield Hospital.
Sussex Partnership Chief Executive, Samantha Allen, said:
While we work hard to make sure our patients receive the right quality of care, we know that we need to make bigger improvements to deliver that care to an even higher standards in the future. Our proposal will help us to achieve this
The staged approach we are proposing will also give us the opportunity to benefit from national funding to remove all out-dated dormitory accommodation, such as that found in the Department of Psychiatry, and replace it with individual bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms.Samantha Allen, Sussex Partnership Chief Executive,
Dr David Warden, the Clinical Chair of NHS East Sussex CCG’s Governing Body, added:
We have developed these proposals to make sure we lead the way in providing the best mental health care and support possible for local people.
They not only address the immediate challenges we have with the facilities at the Department of Psychiatry but are also the first stage towards achieving our long-term vision to meet the needs of our patients for many years to come. We look forward to hearing from people during the next 12 weeks so we can work with them to help deliver the best possible care.Dr David Warden, NHS East Sussex Clinical Commissioning Group
For more information about the proposals, including where affected services are based and frequently asked questions – see Redesigning Inpatient Mental Health Services in East Sussex.