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Eastbourne DGH ward and visiting information

Because of Coronavirus (Covid-19) visiting restrictions are in place, please see below for the latest information.

Visiting restrictions at Eastbourne DGH

Typically, the latest rules for visiting our general inpatient wards at Eastbourne DGH are:

  • One visitor per patient, per day for a maximum of one hour, between 2.00pm and 7.00pm*
  • Visits must be pre-booked by phoning – Tel: 0300 131 4500 and asking for the ward you wish to visit
  • Visiting will still be restricted for those self-isolating in protected areas before and after planned surgery, those who are shielding or deemed clinically vulnerable. This is to protect them from infection
  • Children under 16 are not allowed to visit, except in exceptional circumstances, which you should discuss with the nurse in charge

* A second additional visitor may be permitted for patients receiving end-of-life care, please contact the matron or nurse in charge.

All visitors need to wear a face covering for the duration of their visit. Visit our Face coverings and masks page for further information.

Our overriding priority is to protect you, our staff and our community. This means that when you visit, there will be some new protection measures in place. We ask for your support in keeping everyone safe:

  • You should not come into hospital if you have Covid-19 symptoms or any health concerns
  • If you are in an at-risk group (anyone over 70, who has an underlying health condition, is pregnant or shielding) you are advised not to visit
  • Face coverings should be worn at all times when you are inside the hospital. Visit our Face coverings and masks page for further information.
  • Please enter and leave through the main hospital entrance only
  • Clean your hands with the alcohol gel provided when entering and leaving the hospital and the ward
  • Please bring as few bags, coats and other loose belongings with you as possible
  • Please stay at least two metres away from other people at all times
  • You may be asked to leave the ward during your visit. This may be because your relative or another patient requires treatment or if an emergency occurs

We recommend that you use digital services such as Facetime, Skype, Zoom and WhatsApp to stay in touch with loved ones during their hospital stay, to minimise the risk of spreading or contracting the virus. We have tablets (with Zoom available) on our wards for use by patients who do not have a smartphone or other mobile device.

Wards at Eastbourne DGH

The Acute Medical Unit consists of 39 beds and 4 siderooms. This unit provides a first line medical assessment, investigation and treatment for patients over the age of 16 years. Patients are referred from GP, the Emergency Department and community services. Patients are assessed and discharged within 24 hours to the most appropriate location.

The Unit provides an an out-of-hours and weekend ambulatory clinic for people on warfarin until they are within a therapeutic range, when they then attend the anti-coagulation clinic.

The Unit also has out-of-hours and weekend day case patients attending who require blood transfusions or IV antibiotic therapy.

Visiting Times
2.00pm to 8.00pm
Flexibility for individual needs – please discuss with Matron/Ward Sister

Berwick Ward is a 28-bedded general medical and cardiology ward comprising four, 6 bedded bays and four single rooms. Focus is mainly on Cardiology, but can also include endocrinology and stroke patients.

Visiting Times
2.00pm to 4.00pm
6.00pm to 8.00pm
Flexibility for individual needs – Discuss with Matron/Ward Sister

This unit is a busy 11 bedded Coronary Care Unit, nursing elective and emergency admissions. There are two Cardiac Catheterisation Labs with two recovery bays. The unit also conducts an array of outpatient diagnostic tests.

Visiting Times
2.00pm to 8.00pm

Critical Care (formally ITU/HDU) have eight beds – five ITU beds and three HDU beds – mixed within the same department.

Visiting Times
2.30pm to 10.00pm

For more informaton about Critical Care click here>>

Cuckmere Ward is an acute medical ward specialising in gastroenterology and isolation of patients. The clinical area comprises of one Male bay with five beds, one Female bay with six beds, and an additional bay with two beds as well as eight side rooms, five of which have ensuite facilities. We also have a clean room situated at the beginning of the ward which is used for invasive procedures, such as insertion of centre venous pressure lines (CVP) and Percutaneous indwelling central catheter lines (PICC).

Visiting Times
2.00pm to 8.00pm

East Dean Unit has eight Acute and nine Hyper-acute Beds. Sovereign Unit has 22 Acute Beds. The unit undertakes 24/7 thrombolysis. Patients are assessed for their rehabilitation potential and the emphasis is for patients to be discharged to a rehabilitation unit.

Visiting Times
2:30pm to 4:30pm
6.00pm to 8.00pm

Eastbourne Midwifery Unit (EMU) is run by a group of core staff midwives and Midwifery Support Workers (MSW’s). The unit operates 24/7 for low risk mothers.

It has two main birthing rooms set up, one of which includes a birthing pool, two postnatal rooms which are en-suite for women to be transferred into after they have given birth to receive as much support as required. EMU also accepts women from the main acute site once they have given birth and are able to be transfered, to receive extra support if required.

EMU accepts low risk women over 37 weeks. Any women that develops complications during labour with herself or the baby are transferred to the acute unit at Conquest Hospital.

Visiting Times
Open Visiting

For more information about the Eastbourne Midwifery Unit visit our Maternity pages.

The Frailty Unit is a 28 bedded unit where general medical patients are admitted.

Designed to facilitate a rapid throughput of patients who need a brief admission to hospital, either for treatment or for diagnosis of a medical condition e.g. blood transfusion, IV antibiotic/anti-coagulation therapies.

Visiting Times
2.00pm to 8.00pm

Hailsham Ward is a 26-bedded short stay surgical ward. The ward has both female and male patients. The

ward is multi-speciality and covers general surgery, Breast, Vascular, ENT, Max Fax, women’s health and

also some urology. The ward caters for the complex needs of patients. There is also two emergency bays,

one male, one female, of five beds each for airway patients, e.g. tracheostomy, ENT, max fax patients, who

are air way compromised due to conditions relating to Head and Neck.

Visiting Times
2.00pm to 8.00pm

Jevington Ward is a medical respiratory ward. There are 27 beds with four side rooms. Patients are aged from 17 years and upwards, although they are predominately elderly, and both male and female patients are admitted.

The ward has an Ambulatory Respiratory Care (ARC) space where many day procedures are carried out, for example chest drainage and pleural effusion. Patients are admitted with a wide range of respiratory conditions via the community and through the normal admission process. Most patients are admitted via the MAU. Patients are often admitted who are holidaying in the area. Some patients are from the surgical wards if they require treatment for medical conditions.

Visiting Times
2.00pm to 8.00pm

Michelham Unit is a private patients ward. There are 18 beds, each in a single ensuite room. Patients are admitted with a variety of conditions and specialties.

Visiting Times
Private Patients – up until 9:30pm at the discrestion of nursing staff

Pevensey Haematology and Oncology Unit has 17 overnight beds and 18 day beds. The unit specialises in Haematology/Oncology.

This Unit cares for patients of all ages.

Visiting Times
Open visiting after 10.00am

Westham Ward is a 27-bedded medical ward with an interest in frailty. Male and female patients are nursed in single sex bays.

Visiting Times
2:00pm to 8:00pm
Flexibility for individual needs – discuss with Matron/Ward Sister

Visiting restrictions

Occasionally it may be necessary to restrict visiting to a ward because of a risk of infection such as Norovirus or COVID-19 (Coronavirus) – Please visit the Visiting restrictions page for the latest information