Emergency health regulations come into effect

Emergency health regulations came into force on Saturday an in Hastings this means authorised officers from Hastings Borough Council (HBC) and East Sussex County Council (ESCC) have enforcement powers to enforce restrictions for social distancing and close premises. The following businesses must remain closed: Public houses Cinemas Theatres Nightclubs Bingo halls Concert halls Museums and galleries […]

Conquest rated ‘outstanding overall’ in Care Quality Commission inspection

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has rated the East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust (ESHT) as ‘good’ overall and ‘outstanding’ for providing both ‘caring’ and ‘effective’ services following their inspection in November and December 2019. The really good news from the inspection is that Hastings’ Conquest Hospital was ‘outstanding’ overall with Eastbourne DGH rated ‘good’ overall […]

Figures reveal ‘exodus’ of EU nationals from NHS posts in East Sussex

Brexit is making the staffing crisis at East Sussex Healthcare Trust even worse according to the Liberal Democrats. Figures published by the Lib Dems reveal that 84 EU staff working at East Sussex Healthcare Trust have already left the health service this year, including 27 nurses and midwives. In the three years since the Brexit […]

Hollington GP attacks government’s ‘dismal record’ on NHS

Only 81 per cent of patients arriving at accident and emergency in Hastings were treated or admitted within four hours in October 2019, according to figures published by NHS England last week.That’s well below the official target of 95 per cent of patients attending A&E being admitted, transferred or discharged within four hours.Nationally, the 95 per […]

It’s officially official! People power has saved the walk-in centre

You did it! Thousands of people signed petitions, campaigned and lobbied their elected representatives and the upshot of it all is that Hastings’ GP walk-in centre has officially been saved. Seen as a crucial resource for the sick and disadvantaged in our town health bosses had threatened to close the centre and relocate its services […]

Conquest included in list of hospitals set to be rebuilt over the next decade

This morning’s announcement made ahead of the Conservative party annual conference that a Tory government will plough £13billion in to the NHS looks set to be a significant one for Hastings. The Conquest Hospital on The Ridge is earmarked for investment in the second phase of government spending plans and talking to Hastings In Focus […]

Ambulance service provides ‘oustanding’ emergency care

The local ambulance service ‘Secamb’ is out of special measures. It was announced this morning that the South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust, to give it its full name, had been taken out of special measures after almost three years. The Care Quality Commission has given Secamb a ‘good’ overall rating. The ambulance […]

Labour claims victory in campaign to save Station Plaza walk-in centre

It looks like the Station Plaza NHS walk-in centre has been saved and the local Labour party is claiming credit for the victory after a vigorous campaign by Labour and union activists. Last year health bosses had threatened to close the centre and relocate its services to the Conquest Hospital but a series of protests – […]