LETTER: Unfounded suggestion

Your letters

Your letters

0
Have your say

Doctors, nurses, surgeons and therapists at Southlands Hospital provide care for nearly one thousand patients each and every week, across a range of services including dermatology, urology, orthopaedics, rheumatology and gynaecology departments.

As a volunteer governor I have a privileged position at Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and know first-hand that any suggestion Southlands Hospital may close is entirely unfounded (Letters, July 9).

Indeed, the Trust is committed to investing millions of pounds in a new state-of-the-art eye care department at the hospital, and work is well underway to make this vision a reality.

Dozens of people, including consultants, nurses, managers, planners, designers, engineers, developers and architects are already determining the final designs.

Along with Barbara Porter, the other publicly elected governor for Adur, I sit on the project’s user group panel and have been working closely with clinicians and patient representatives to make sure the plans for the new department are the best they can be.

It is an exciting time for those working hard to continually improve services for patients and the nurses and doctors I speak to regularly are looking forward to their patients benefiting from the multi-million pound investment being made at Southlands.

By creating a new, modern and larger eye care centre, clinicians will transform the way they provide services, so more patients will be seen quicker and receive all tests and results leading up to diagnosis in a single visit.

Indeed, many will also receive their treatment on the same day, if desired.

I am proud to be a critical friend to Western Sussex and would encourage anyone else who wishes to find out more about what is happening at your local hospital to join the Trust’s membership of more than 13,000 people, or speak to a Trust Governor like me.

All members are eligible to vote in the forthcoming Governor elections this summer and you can find out more information about becoming a Trust Member at www.westernsussexhospitals.nhs.uk

John Todd

Trust Governor (Adur)

Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

• Want to share your views? Send your letters by email or post them to Letters, Shoreham Herald, Cannon House, Chatsworth Road, Worthing, BN11 1NA. Remember to include your full name and address.

Don’t miss out on all the latest breaking news where you live.

Here are four ways you can be sure you’ll be amongst the first to know what’s going on.

1) Make our website your homepage at www.shorehamherald.co.uk

2) Like our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ShorehamHerald

3) Follow us on Twitter @Shoreham_Herald

4) Register with us by clicking on ‘sign in’ (top right corner). You can then receive our daily newsletter AND add your point of view to stories that you read here.

And do share with your family and friends – so they don’t miss out!

The Shoreham Herald – always the first with your local news.

Be part of it.