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News archive – 2016

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These are archive pages with news items from 2016.


2nd February 2016

Trust’s first “Speak Up Guardian” appointed

Ruth Agg has been appointed to be the Trust’s first “Speak Up Guardian”. She will be an independent person for staff to talk to and raise concerns about their working life including any concerns about bullying and harassment. This new role is an independent post within the trust reporting to the Chief Executive and Chair.…

28th January 2016

Making Every Contact Count in Hastings and Rother

East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust has become one of the first healthcare providers in Kent, Surrey and Sussex to introduce Making Every Contact Count (MECC), a national initiative to help reduce health inequalities. The project is a part of NHS Hastings and Rother Clinical Commissioning Group’s Healthy Hastings and Rother programme in partnership with the…

26th January 2016

New telephone system improves service for patients

The introduction of a new telephone system in the Trust’s Central Appointments Office has dramatically improved the service provided for patients. The office, which is based at Conquest Hospital, deals with patient queries about outpatient appointments across all Trust sites, handling approximately 700 calls a day. Since the new telephone system was introduced in December,…

25th January 2016

Monthly staff award for Lead Gastroenterology Dietitian

Bryony Campion, Lead Gastroenterology Dietitian, has been recognised with a monthly staff award for her work in developing a service for patients with Irritable Bowel Syndrome across East Sussex. She was presented with her award by Non-Executive Director, Sue Bernhauser. Bryony set up the group education sessions for patients with Irritable Bowel Syndrome rather than…

19th January 2016

Generous donation to benefit breast cancer patients

A grateful recovering patient has presented a cheque for £1,500 to the Breast Care Team at Conquest Hospital, following a sponsored swim at Rye Sports Centre. Organised by a patient of the unit, the ‘BreastStroke Challenge’ sponsored swim was held at The Freedom Leisure Sports Centre in Rye. A happy and healthy few hours were…

13th January 2016

Trust wins contract to provide integrated Sexual Health and HIV services

East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust has been successful in winning a contract to continue to be the provider of integrated Sexual Health and HIV treatment and care services in East Sussex. The Trust won a competitive open tender commissioned by East Sussex County Council and NHS England South. The contract, worth around £3million per year,…

11th January 2016

New Chairman appointed

The NHS Trust Development Authority has confirmed the appointment of David Clayton-Smith as Chairman of East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust. He takes over from Sue Bernhauser who has been acting chair since the resignation of Stuart Welling in September 2015. Anne Eden, Director of Delivery and Development at the NHS Trust Development Authority said: “We…

11th January 2016

Industrial action by junior doctors

During the planned industrial action by Junior Doctors from 8.00am on Tuesday 12th January to 8.00am Wednesday 13th January, the Trust has put in place plans to ensure that services we run are safe during this time: from 8.00am on 12th January to 8.00am on 13th January, emergency care will be prioritised – we expect…

8th January 2016

Friends donation improves breast cancer treatment

A One Step Nucleic Acid Amplification (OSNA) machine, costing around £80,000, has been donated by the Friends of the Eastbourne Hospital to the Breast Unit at Eastbourne DGH. The new machine analyses the armpit lymph nodes which are routinely taken as part of many breast cancer operations, whilst the operation is still taking place. This…

3rd January 2016

Local people invited to a ‘Big Conversation’ event

East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust is inviting local people to get involved in a ‘Big Conversation’ event at the Royal Victoria Hotel in St Leonards on Wednesday 13th January 2016 at 6.30pm – no need to book, just turn up, refreshments available. The event will allow the public to hear how we are improving the…