Get Involved

On this page you can find out more about the Trust and becoming involved yourself

Many people choose to get more involved with the Trust, whether it be by becoming a member of our Trust or volunteering with us.

Those who become members receive our quarterly newsletter, and get invited to our events, like our recent public forum and cardiology open day. Some members want to get more involved and support us to set priorities for the future. Some of them want to keep up to date with what is happening in the Trust and be reassured that our standards are being maintained and improved.

Become a Trust member

Become a member of the Trust! You will start to receive our quarterly e-newsletter and invitation to public events and meetings.

Becoming a member is simple – and free.

Sign up online here

We very much hope you will join us.

ESHT events

26 Sep 2017Annual General Meeting (AGM)The Hastings Centre
27 Sep 2017Urology open day: 27 September 2017Eastbourne DGH

Please note:
These times, dates and venues may be subject to change at short notice.

How you can get involved

To receive the regular ESHT e-newsletter, sign up to become a member of the Trust. This option will be available soon

Arts in Healthcare (formerly known as the Art in Hospital Project) works with health professionals in East Sussex Hospitals NHS Trust to integrate the arts into the healthcare services and environment for the therapeutic benefit of patients and staff and for the enjoyment of the wider local community.

Vitreous Enamel Wall Panel by Hazel Brook(Conquest Hospital)

Vitreous Enamel Wall Panel by Hazel Brook(Conquest Hospital)

Over the years since it started in 1988, Arts in Healthcare has established a role for the arts within healthcare buildings and services through numerous commissions, artist residences, exhibition programmes, visual and performing arts workshops with patients and staff, and the display of hundreds of artworks on loan from professional artists. Arts in Healthcare continues to grow and develop as there is an increasing awareness that access and involvement in the arts can have a positive influence in promoting discussion, interaction, health and well being.

Arts in Healthcare (originally known as the Art in Hospital Project) was established in 1988 by the former Hastings and Rother NHS Trust. Its purpose was to integrate the arts into the healthcare services and environment for the therapeutic benefit of patients and staff, making the arts more accessible to a large sector of the local community.

Since the merger with Eastbourne Hospitals NHS Trust in 2002, Arts in Healthcare operates its services across the East Sussex Hospitals NHS Trust.

The main focus of the programme’s activities in the beginning was to commission site specific work during the construction of the Conquest Hospital. The architects of the hospital, Powell Moya Partnership, provided the initiative for a primary arts strategy which was commissioned from Lesley Greene (formerly director of the Public Arts Development Trust).

Initial funding was provided by South East Arts and the former Hastings Health Authority. Arts in Healthcare, is a registered charity. A strategy for the visual and performing arts has been developed for the health care services which, in the early days of the project, focused primarily on the Conquest Hospital but which has since been extended to the other hospitals and healthcare centres and more recently to Eastbourne District General Hospital.

The emphasis now is to develop programmes where artists collaborate with healthcare professionals to provide wider access to the arts and to help create and maintain a culture and environment from which patients, staff and visitors can benefit emotionally, physically and aesthetically.

All the activity of the Arts Project is supported by fundraising and the generosity of artists. Until April 2007, the administration costs of Arts in Healthcare were underwritten by the East Sussex Hospitals NHS Trust Charitable Funds.

However, as this fund diminished, all support from Charitable Funds was discontinued. Arts in Healthcare now relies purely on fundraising and sponsorship to keep going.

If you are able to contribute or for further information, please contact Arts in Healthcare: or telephone (01424) 755470 ext 2270 or (01323) 417400 ext 6212.

Hospital radio is available at both Conquest Hospital and Eastbourne DGH.

Conquest Hospital Radio

A voluntary Radio Station broadcasting from the Conquest Hospital to patients and their families across East Sussex, 24 hours a day 7 Days a week. They bring their listeners a variety of shows from Classical to Pop and Rock music, short stories, poetry, plays and discussion throughout the week.

Radio DGH

Radio DGH broadcasts twenty four hours a day to over 450 patients in Eastbourne’s District General Hospital, plus their visiting friends and relatives. They are run entirely by volunteers who all have a passion for providing the highest quality programming, and are dedicated to provide high quality music, performance and public affairs programming in order to inform, educate, entertain and inspire the patients that make up our audience. They broadcast from two purpose built studios, based within the main hospital building.

The Friends of our hospitals are charities which exists to support patients and staff of our hospitals.

Read more about the League of Friends

Nominations for this award are from patients and members of the public who would like to show their appreciation of the care and commitment shown to them by our staff.

Read more about People’s Choice Award

If you are aged 16 upwards and can offer up some of your free time to join our team we would be pleased to hear from you.

Read more about volunteering

You can make a donation to East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust’s charitable funds in a number of ways. Read more about donating