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News from 2021

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5 May 2021
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New Bereavement Suite opens at Conquest Hospital

A bereavement suite for parents who have suffered any kind of baby loss such as miscarriage or stillborn birth has opened at Conquest Hospital. The new suite, called the ‘Snowdrop Suite’, provides bereaved parents with a little oasis of peace and calm at a very difficult time in their lives. The Bereavement Suite is designed…

29 April 2021
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Keep safe this Bank Holiday weekend

This Bank Holiday Weekend, we are urging local people to keep safe, follow Covid guidelines and ensure our Emergency Departments are kept free for only those people who really need them. If you have an urgent medical problem and you’re not sure what to do call NHS 111 first or go to 111.nhs.uk. Depending on…

31 March 2021
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ESHT wins Silver Pennies from Heaven Award

The Trust has been awarded a Silver Pennies from Heaven Award, which recognises the great fundraising and contributions made by members of staff at ESHT – raising over £37,000 since the awards began. Pennies from Heaven is a scheme the Trust takes part in where members of ESHT staff can choose to donate the pennies…

31 March 2021
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Trusts to receive funding to support digital transformation

The digital ambitions of East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust (ESHT) and Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust (SCFT) have been boosted, by the announcement that we will receive up to £6million over the next three years to support our digital transformation. Both our Trust and SCFT among seven trusts nationally who will benefit from this level…

23 March 2021
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National Day of Reflection – Tuesday 23 March  

To mark one year since the start of the first lockdown, ESHT across our hospitals and community services joined in the National Day of Reflection at midday and observed a one minute silence. This was followed by a short service held digitally and was a chance to remember and reflect on what has happened over…

17 March 2021
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Emergency Departments go paper-free with introduction of new digital patient system

The introduction of a new digital system, called Nervecentre, in the Emergency Departments at Conquest Hospital and Eastbourne DGH means that paper patient records are now a thing of the past in these departments. The Nervecentre system allows information about a patient’s visit to the department to be stored electronically, and members of staff use…

17 March 2021
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Swallowing Awareness Day 2021

The Trust’s Speech and Language Therapy teams are highlighting the issues caused by difficulties with swallowing, also known as dysphagia causes during Swallowing Awareness Day (17th March). Difficulties with swallowing (dysphagia), can be when trying to swallow certain foods or liquids. It often occurs due to certain medical conditions, for example, following a stroke or…

10 March 2021
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Ceremony to mark start of Nursery building work

A ceremony has taken place at Conquest Hospital with the turning of the first turf to mark the start of building work for a new purpose built nursery for children of parents who work for ESHT or the NHS. Jacquie Fuller, Acting Lead Staff Engagement and Wellbeing being together with children from the nursery and…

8 March 2021
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‘Virtual’ Covid ward praised by patients

A 'virtual' Covid ward which monitors a patient’s oxygen levels in their own home, allowing them to leave hospital sooner, has been praised by patients and their families.

24 February 2021
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‘Medical oxygen’ capacity increased at our hospitals

‘Medical oxygen’ capacity has been doubled at Conquest Hospital and Eastbourne DGH, to help with our Covid-19 response, and for use in a other vital treatment for respiratory illness and disease. Following the completion of an extensive oxygen supply upgrade project, the Trust now has 2.5 times the flow rate of oxygen, with the installation…