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 to which the environment promoted the privacy, dignity and wellbeing of patients as well as the quality of food.

We found that the Sussex Eye Hospital had serious problems ranging from faulty windows which let in cold air and created dampness such that rooms could not be used, to uncomfortable chairs, poor flooring and shabby décor.

The visit led to many recommendations from Healthwatch to the Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals Trust Chief Executive.

A £3 million renovation to improve the facilities for patients and staff will see new treatment rooms, as well as a separate waiting area for young patients. The hospital has two dedicated operating theatres, and this work will create an additional minor operations room. The 1930s building will also have all the windows replaced with new triple glazed units, and its roof repaired.

Frances McCabe, Healthwatch Brighton and Hove Chair, said:

“This shows that PLACE visits and the observations of trained volunteers really do count and that the hospital takes our concerns seriously. We are looking forward to the improved care environment that the work on the Sussex Eye Hospital will bring. ”

If you would like to share your experience with Healthwatch Brighton and Hove call 01273 23 40 40, email: help@healthwatchbrightonandhove.co.uk or click: http://bit.ly/1MhJFzl to submit a comment online.

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Patient-Led Assessments of the Care Environment (PLACE) visits

Every year each NHS Trust is required to undertake Patient-Led Assessments of the Care Environment. These are assessments that look at the cleanliness, condition, appearance and maintenance of the environment in which care takes place. They also assess food quality and service and the extent to which the environment promotes the privacy, dignity and wellbeing of patients. The assessments must be undertaken by teams comprising a mixture of patient assessors and staff from the trust. A small number of our volunteers acted as patient assessors in PLACE visits for Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust this year. Over the last year our representatives assessed the Sussex Cancer Centre, the Sussex Eye Hospital, and a number of wards at the Royal Sussex County Hospital.

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About Healthwatch Brighton & Hove

  • Healthwatch Brighton and Hove has legal rights to enter and view publicly funded health and adult social care settings and to be responded to within 20 days by the provider of health and adult social care services.
  • Healthwatch Brighton and Hove is one of 148 Local Healthwatch organisations that feed into the national body Healthwatch England, set up in October 2012.
  • Healthwatch Brighton and Hove has transitioned from Brighton and Hove Local Involvement Network (LINk).
  • Healthwatch Brighton and Hove is funded by the Department of Health and commissioned through Brighton and Hove City Council (BHCC), but is independent of the NHS and BHCC.
  • Healthwatch Brighton and Hove is a Community Interest Company – its work centres around being beneficial to the communities of Brighton and Hove. It works with those who plan and run health and social care services asking questions about the way services are provided and suggesting improvements.
  • For further information about Healthwatch Brighton and Hove, please contact Magda Pasiut, Engagement and Communications Co-ordinator on magda@healthwatchbrightonandhove.co.uk
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