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We provide acute hospital and community health services for people living in East Sussex and surrounding areas.

Our services are mainly provided from two district general hospitals, Conquest Hospital and Eastbourne DGH both of which have Emergency Departments and provide care 24 hours a day. They offer a comprehensive range of surgical, medical and maternity services supported by a full range of diagnostic and therapy services.

We also provide a minor injury unit service from Crowborough War Memorial Hospital, Lewes Victoria Hospital and Uckfield Community Hospital. A midwifery-led birthing service along with outpatient, rehabilitation and intermediate care services are provided at Crowborough War Memorial Hospital.

At both Bexhill Hospital and Uckfield Community Hospital we provide outpatients, day surgery, rehabilitation and intermediate care services.

Outpatient services and inpatient intermediate care services are provided at Lewes Victoria Hospital and Rye, Winchelsea and District Memorial Hospital.

At Firwood House we jointly provide, with Adult Social Care, inpatient intermediate care services. Our community staff also provide care in the patient’s own home and from a number of clinics and health centres and GP surgeries.

The role of East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust is to provide the best possible healthcare service to patients, who come first in everything the organisation does.

There are some 525,000 people who live in East Sussex and the Trust is one of the largest organisations in the county. We employ over 7,000 dedicated staff with an annual turnover of £365 million.

 During 2013/14

  • More than 142,000 patients were treated in our Emergency Departments, Minor Injury Units and associated areas for emergency care.
  • Almost 3,600 babies were delivered by our midwives and obstetricians.
  • More than 98,000 people were provided with hospital care either as inpatients or as day cases.
  • More than 396,000 people attended outpatient clinics at our hospitals or outreach centres.
  • Over 220,000 patients had contact with our community nurses.
  • More than 250,000 people had contact with our health visitors.
  • Almost 40,000 people were seen at one of our sexual health clinics.
  • More than 270,000 radiological examinations and therapeutic procedures were performed.
  • Over 5.9 million pathology tests were performed.

 Mission statement, strategic objectives and aims

Mission Statement: 

Deliver better health outcomes and an excellent experience for everyone we provide with healthcare services.

Strategic objectives:

  • Improve quality and clinical outcomes by ensuring that safe patient care is our highest priority.
  • Play a leading role in local partnerships to meet the needs of our local population and improve and enhance patients’ experiences.
  • Use our resources efficiently and effectively for the benefit of our patients and their care to ensure our services are clinically, operationally and financially sustainable.


  • Communicate effectively with our patients, our staff, our community and our partner.
  • Deliver the right care in the right place at the right time by working in partnership and through clinical networks.
  • Drive productivity and efficiency and, where appropriate, maximise our market share.
  • Provide high quality, innovative and accessible care.
  • Maintain and develop a skilled and motivated workforce.