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3rd October 2019

Local MPs visit Maternity and Orthopaedic teams at Conquest Hospital

 The Rt Hon Amber Rudd, MP for Hastings and Rye and Huw Merriman, MP for Bexhill and Battle recently visited the orthopaedic and maternity teams at Conquest Hospital and spent time discussing the different aspects of the work they carried out, the improvements they have made and some of the challenges they face.

Amber Rudd, MP and Huw Merriman, MP chat with maternity team on visit to Conquest Hospital

The orthopaedic team diagnose and treat patients with musculoskeletal conditions affecting bones and joints. They provide emergency trauma and planned orthopaedic surgery. In 2018 they treated the largest proportion of patients sustaining fractured neck of femurs (broken hips) in the South East of England with 641 patients treated. They have improved the pathway for trauma patients, reducing the length of stay from 23 days in April 2017, to 14.4 days which is below the national average. A multi-disciplinary Trauma Assisted Discharge team, working  seven days a week, has helped with this reduction by improving patients’ confidence and mobility to enable them to return to their pre-injury mobility.

The maternity team provide a full range of ante and post-natal maternity care to women across East Sussex, with over 3,000 babies delivered each year, in our consultant-led obstetric unit at Conquest Hospital.

Adrian Bull, Chief Executive said: “It was a real pleasure to welcome our local MPs, Amber and Huw, to the Conquest Hospital. On a tour around the hospital they were able to talk to some members of our orthopaedic and maternity teams. They were particularly impressed by the dedication and commitment of everyone to provide high quality care to our patients.”

Rt Hon Amber Rudd, MP for Hastings and Rye, said: “It was heartening to hear how our local trust is now seen as an exemplar by NHS regulators on how good team working helps patients. We heard how the Trust and our local Adult Social Care services have shortened the average stay in hospital from 6 days to 4 days. This means that patients are able to get back to the comfort of their homes sooner and more hospital beds are available for more patients. We are very lucky to have such dedicated and hard-working staff in our local NHS.”

Huw Merriman, MP for Bexhill and Battle, said ‘It was a great privilege to meet with the frontline NHS staff who look after those in need of their care. It was clear to Amber and I that the hospital team are doing a phenomenal job in challenging times.”