Sussex ICB agrees improvement plans for cardiology and ophthalmology

The NHS Sussex Integrated Care Board (ICB) has agreed proposals hoped to improve cardiology and ophthalmology services for the people of East Sussex.

The plans will see the introduction of new cardiac teams at its Conquest Hospital in Hastings and Eastbourne District General Hospital, with an aim to ensure that people are assessed quicker at both hospitals when they first arrive.

Included in the new proposals are plans to concentrate highly specialised cardiac services at Eastbourne District General Hospital.

The ICB notes: “Concentrating services meets national best practice and would mean the highest standard of care for patients, allowing staff to develop greater expertise in new treatments and ensure people are being offered the very best care when they need this very specialist treatment. 

“Outpatients, non-invasive diagnostics, cardiac-monitored beds, cardiac rehabilitation and heart failure services stay at both hospitals and in the community (where these services are already provided).”

For ophthalmology, the plans are to consolidate the services currently provided at Eastbourne District General Hospital, Bexhill Hospital and Conquest Hospital into two sites at Eastbourne District General Hospital and Bexhill Hospital. The ICB added that “this also enables one-stop clinics to be set up, reducing the number of appointments patients need to attend.”

You can read the NHS Sussex Board papers and find out more about the improvements, as well as all the background reports and documents, on the cardiology and ophthalmology.