Call for stories on the Sussex Mental Healthline

Have you contacted the Sussex Mental Healthline in the last 12 months? Healthwatch Brighton and Hove is interested in hearing your views on the service, which could include the quality of the service, how easy it is to get through to them, and the quality of information they provided to you. If you would like … Read more

Visiting times extended at hospitals

Visiting times have been extended at the Trust to give patients more time with their loved ones during their stay in hospital. Wards at the Royal Sussex County Hospital and Princess Royal Hospital are now welcoming visitors between 3.00pm until 8.00pm, with some areas having exceptions such as maternity, children’s services, dementia wards and critical … Read more

Press Release: Healthwatch Brighton and Hove awards funding for community projects

Following a successful launch of our Community Spokes Programme back in March, Healthwatch Brighton and Hove is pleased to announce that we have awarded funding to local community and voluntary organisations to help us with our work. Hangleton and Knoll Project. Funding awarded will establish a ‘Healthwatch outpost’ in Hangleton and Knoll. Volunteers will be … Read more

Press Release: Healthwatch actions kick-start the Sussex Eye Hospital redevelopment

Healthwatch Brighton and Hove welcomes the redevelopment of the Sussex Eye Hospital in Eastern Road. Last year Healthwatch Brighton and Hove volunteers and staff participated in Patient-Led Assessments of the Care Environment (PLACE). These visits look at the cleanliness, condition, appearance and maintenance of the health and care environment. We also looked at the extent … Read more

Call for stories on A&E waiting time

Dear Supporter By now some of you may have seen the recent media coverage regarding waiting times in the Royal Sussex County Hospital as detailed below: “PATIENTS are waiting longer in A&E at a Sussex hospital than almost anywhere else in the country. New figures reveal one in five people going to the Royal Sussex … Read more

Press Release: Improved discharge helps A&E

“Shocking” lack of care for vulnerable people discharged unsafely from hospital has been highlighted this week by Healthwatch England. Common basic failings identified in its report included hospitals not routinely asking patients if they have a home or safe place to be discharged to, details of new medications not being passed on to GPs and … Read more

Work starts on £3m renovation of Sussex Eye Hospital

The Sussex Eye Hospital is undergoing a £3 million renovation to improve the facilities for patients and staff. New consultation and treatment rooms are being created as part of the work, as well as a separate waiting area for young patients. The hospital has two dedicated operating theatres and this work will create an additional … Read more

SECAmb success at equality and inclusion awards

South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SECAmb) enjoyed a successful evening at this year’s Employers Network for Equality & Inclusion (ENEI) awards. SECAmb success at equality and inclusion awards The Trust was awarded the Gold Standard Award for Equality and was, alongside Santander, one of only two organisations to receive the standard for … Read more

Call for stories on hospital discharge

Some of you may have seen the Healthwatch England report called “Safely Home” (http://bit.ly/1RLYP4H) today. It looks at the experience of people being discharged from hospital. Healthwatch Brighton and Hove was one of 101 Healthwatch organisations around the country contributing to evidence. See our report here http://bit.ly/1KylGJ9. We found that patients felt they either left … Read more

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