Leader of the Opposition, Rt Hon Jeremy Corbyn MP, accompanied by the Leader of Hastings Borough Council, Cllr Peter Chowney, made a private visit to Conquest Hospital to meet hospital and community staff.
Mr Corbyn visited staff on Gardner and Newington wards along with meeting members of the Hospital Intervention, Crisis Response and Frailty Teams. These teams based in the community, work alongside social care colleagues to help people return home from hospital with care support and rehabilitation as necessary. They were impressed by the extent of the integration of health and social care to provide a seamless service for people in East Sussex.
Dr Adrian Bull, Chief Executive said: “We welcomed the opportunity to show the Leader of the Opposition around the hospital. He was able to see for himself the dedicated teams we have both in the hospital and those based in the community working in an integrated service with social care to provide high quality care for local people.
“We were able to tell him about our journey of improvement and the significant progress we have already made to integrate health and social care services in the last couple of years, which is already delivering the vision of the recently launched NHS Long Term Plan.
“It was very encouraging to hear Mr Corbyn’s positive comments about our work and to hear him express his thanks to members of staff for their hard work and dedication to patient care.”