About us

We provide safe, compassionate and high quality hospital and community care to over half a million people living in East Sussex and those who visit our local area.

We are one of the largest organisations in East Sussex with an annual income of £568 million and we are the only integrated provider of acute and community care in Sussex. Our extensive health services are provided by over 7,000 dedicated members of staff working from two acute hospitals in Hastings and Eastbourne, three community hospitals in Bexhill, Rye and Uckfield, over 100 community sites across East Sussex, and in people’s own homes.

In 2020 the Care Quality Commission (CQC) rated us as ‘Good’ overall, and ‘Outstanding’ for being Caring and Effective. Conquest Hospital and our Community Services were rated ‘Outstanding’ and Eastbourne DGH was rated ‘Good’.

Our two acute hospitals have emergency departments and provide 24 hour a day care, offering a comprehensive range of surgical, medical, outpatient and maternity services, supported by a full range of diagnostic and therapy services. Our centre for trauma services and obstetrics is at Conquest Hospital, while our centre for urology and stroke services is at Eastbourne DGH. At Bexhill Hospital we offer a range of outpatient, day surgery, rehabilitation and intermediate care services. At Rye, Winchelsea and District Memorial Hospital we offer outpatients, rehabilitation and intermediate services. At Uckfield Community Hospital we provide day surgery and outpatient care.

In the community, we deliver services that focus on people with long term conditions living well outside hospital, through our integrated locality teams working with district and community nursing teams. Community members of staff also provide care to patients in their homes and from a number of clinics, health centres and GP surgeries.

We are part of the Sussex Health and Care Integrated Care System (ICS), which is made up of health and care organisations across Sussex. Read more about the ICS.

Our last year

  • 150,000 attendances at our Emergency Departments
  • 2,939 babies were born in our hospitals
  • 50,000 people had planned surgery, 90% of these were day cases
  • 24,000 cancer referrals were made to us
  • 420,000 outpatient appointments, of these over 285,000 were consultant-led
  • 290,000 x-ray and scans
  • 1,200,000 calls were answered by our switchboard teams

Our values

Our values were created with the involvement of people from across the organisation.

Our organisations values


Our strategic objectives

  • Safe patient care is our highest priority. We provide high quality clinical services that achieve and demonstrate optimum clinical outcomes and provide an excellent care experience for patients.
  • All employees will be valued and respected. They will be involved in decisions about the services they provide and offered the training and development that they need to fulfil their roles.
  • We will work closely with commissioners, local authority, and other partners to plan and deliver services that meet the needs of our local population in conjunction with other care services.
  • We will operate efficiently and effectively, diagnosing and treating patients in a timely fashion and expediting their return to health.
  • We will 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.

Trust headquarters

St. Anne’s House
729 The Ridge
St. Leonards-on-Sea
East Sussex. TN37 7PT

Tel: 0300 131 4500