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Sussex hospitals threatened with A&E shake-up

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A hospital in West Sussex faces cuts after regional health bosses tabled plans to centralise services in the county.

The plans, proposed by West Sussex Primary Care Trust, call for Worthing Hospital to become the county’s main hospital, with services at Chichester Hospital reduced.

St Richard’s Hospital, run by Royal West Sussex NHS Trust, will have reduced A&E facilities under the proposals. Although patients requiring routine A&E services will still go to St Richard’s, more serious injuries, such as severe open fractures, will go to Worthing.

The proposals are part of an 18-month review of services in the county and are likely to ratified by the PCT board at a meeting this week.

Helen Willetts, RCN south-eastern region director, said: ‘What the RCN would like to see is a detailed clinical justification and how they can ensure that the care the public receive will not be detrimentally affected. It is a big town.

‘How are people going to receive emergency care if you have to travel on very busy A and B roads,’ she said. ‘What I would like to see is how they are going to mitigate that risk.’

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  • I am currently in my second year as a student nurse working at St Richards, and am devestated about the developments in the PCT recomeding the closure of St Richards! I will be having a shout on wednesday when the big wigs have there meeting!

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  • It is a disgrace. St Richard's covers those villages and towns north of the downs 12-15miles away plus those on the Manhead peninsula, also equal distances. Substantial increasaes in ambulance crews will be necessary.
    The sad fact is that over time consultants will not want to remain at the hospital and it really will cbecome a cottage hospital.

    Also The GP services in this part of the country will need to improve dramatically. The PCT should be ashamed of themselves and stand up to government. Neither hospital should be downgraded.

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