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
Trust Governor (Adur)
Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
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