Ward and visiting information

Eastbourne DGH

Visiting times vary according to the ward so please see ward information below.

To reduce disturbance for all patients during visiting times, visitors are limited to two per visit. You are welcome to bring gifts during your visits. However, due to lack of space and to keep ward areas tidy, flowers should be restricted to small arrangements in oasis only rather than large bunches needing vases.

Wards at Eastbourne DGH

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 an 11 bedded unit and comprises of a six coronary care unit 1 beds, a five coronary care unit 2 beds, a pacing theatre and two Cardiac catheterisation LABs with two recovery bays.

Visiting Times
2.00pm to 4.00pm
6.00pm to 8.00pm

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 eight Hyper-acute Beds. Sovereign Unit has 18 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 to birth the same as our ethos at the Crowborough Birthing Unit.

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

Folkington Ward is a 27-bedded ward for male and female patients. The ward specialises in dementia care and discharge planning.

Visiting Times
Open Visiting

Hailsham 2 Ward has 17 beds for male and female patients. All patients are for elective orthopaedic surgery or have orthopaedic conditions. This ward is linked to the Pre-Assessment Clinics on the Hailsham Unit.

Visiting Times
2.30pm to 8.00pm

Hailsham 3 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

Hailsham 4 ward is the Urology Surgical Ward for both male and female patients. There are 34 beds with two side rooms and a clinic room; of which nine beds are the Urology Assessment Unit for the admission of urological emergencies.

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

Seaford 1 – Medical Assesment Unit (MAU) consists of 31 assessment beds. There is one single side room. 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 – Discuss with Matron/Ward Sister

The Medical Short Stay Unit / fraility unit is a 28 bedded unit where general medical patients are admitted.

Ddesigned 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

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

Visiting restrictions

Occasionally it is necessary to restrict visiting to a ward because of a risk of infection such as Norovirus – visit Infection control for the latest information