2019 News

23rd July 2019
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Paediatric Airway Trollies donated by the Friends

Three Paediatric Airway Trollies, equipped with all the appropriately sized equipment to maintain a child’s airway when they require an operation, have been donated by the Friends of Eastbourne Hospital. The trollies, each costing around £5,000, will be used in the Operating Theatres and Day Surgery Unit at Eastbourne DGH. Claire Evans, Specialist Theatre Practitioner…

18th July 2019
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Achievements celebrated at Pride of ESHT Awards

The achievements of members of staff at the Trust were celebrated at the annual Pride of ESHT Awards, with 15 awards presented and recognition of 12 members of staff who have achieved over 40 years’ service to the NHS. The evening was held at the De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill. Steve Phoenix, Trust Chairman…

16th July 2019
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Mortuary Manager wins Employee of the Month Award

Mortuary Manager, Lydia Judge-Kronis has won an Employee of the Month Award for her compassion and thoughtfulness when dealing with a family who had special wishes after the death of a loved one. Jenny Douthwaite, Clinical Nurse Specialist who nominated Lydia said: “The reason I am nominating Lydia for this award is because she has…

12th July 2019
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National award for programme to reduce infection rates in joint replacement surgery

A unique collaboration involving the Trust and 29 other organisations, which drives forward improvements for patients having hip and knee replacements, has won a top national award. The programme called QIST (Quality Improvement for Surgical Teams) aims to reduce infection rates from MSSA (Methicillin Sensitive Staphylococcus Aureus) for patients undergoing joint replacement surgery and wad…

12th July 2019
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Trust exits special measures for financial reasons

The Trust is to exit special measures for financial reasons, following an announcement by NHS England and NHS Improvement. The Trust met its challenging financial target last year, reducing its financial deficit to under £45m. This was an improvement of over £10m on the previous year. The Trust has nearly halved its monthly deficit since…

10th July 2019
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New internal wayfinding signage installed at Eastbourne DGH

New internal wayfinding signage has been installed at Eastbourne DGH, which divides the hospital into five coloured zones – purple, orange, blue, green and pink with the hospital split into three Levels – 1, 2 and 3. The principle is to direct patients to their “service address” via four progressive elements – the entrance (denoted…

9th July 2019
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Work starts to expand Ambulatory Emergency Care Unit

Work has started on the expansion of the Ambulatory Emergency Care (AEC) unit at Conquest Hospital, which provides same day emergency care for ambulatory patients who don’t require an overnight stay in hospital. The unit offers patients rapid access to diagnostic tests and review by hospital consultants in one place. It provides safe care designed…

5th July 2019
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Charity event raises money for Diabetes team

The Diabetes Department have been given a donation of £700 by the landlady and customers of the British Queen Public House in Willingdon, following a charity day in aid of Diabetes and the British Heart Foundation. Angela Cain, the landlady of the British Queen pub presented a cheque to the diabetes team at Eastbourne DGH.…

5th July 2019
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HRH The Princess Royal to open new MRI Suite at Conquest Hospital

Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal is to visit Conquest Hospital on Wednesday 17th July to open the new MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) Suite. Her Royal Highness opened phase one of the hospital in February 1993 and opened the hospital’s second phase in 1998, 21 years to the day before she is due to open…

3rd July 2019
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Special Care Baby Unit nurses Skydive for charity

Ten nurses who work on the Special Care Baby Unit at Conquest Hospital are taking part in a skydive, and are hoping to collectively raise £4,000 for the charity Bliss, which supports sick and premature babies. Special Care Baby Unit Matron, Wendy Thompsett said: “As the skydive gets closer we are starting to get more…