COLUMN: Dozy’s Rambles on the new civic presence and Southlands Hospital

The Shoreham Centre extension takes shape D15031271a
The Shoreham Centre extension takes shape D15031271a

NEW name for the civic centre? I see from last week’s Herald that it has been decided to ask the public to come up with names for Adur District Council’s new civic presence in Pond Road, Shoreham.

If you are wondering where I am talking about, it is the Shoreham Centre. I wonder how many will vote for that name!

It was suggested some time ago that either the building or the council chamber should be named after Lance Corporal James Brynin.

James was born in Shoreham on December 22, 1990, and was killed in action in Afghanistan on October 15, 2013. James was killed by enemy fire while on patrol and is the only active serviceman killed in action since the Second World War.

We should never forget this young man and the sacrifice he and his family have made for our country. I would urge you all to support this suggestion and put it forward to the council and the Herald.

To say I was shocked by several events over the past few weeks would be an understatement. In particular, I was concerned about the future of what is left of the Southlands Hospital site.

How long do we trust what Western Sussex Hospitals Trust, the committee charged with looking after the site, has to say?

I was not surprised to see that planning had gone in for a future development. Let me add that this was for outline planning, I assume so the trust could assess the value of the site in order to sell.

In July 2011, a press release was sent out and then there were public meetings, where members of the trust faced the public to state they had agreed to move in-patient eye services from Worthing Hospital to Southlands Hospital in Shoreham and St Richard’s Hospital in Chichester.

Why has it taken so long to make any moves, bearing in mind the decision made in 2011 to move the eye services? Were the statements made at the time purely to keep everyone on side and quiet?

In the January 15 edition, it was revealed a busy eye clinic would be moved to Goring Hall, the private hospital in Worthing! Having been a regular patient with this particular department, I have witnessed just how busy the staff are, so I really need to question whether Goring Hall can cope with the volume of patients.

I have always had complete confidence in my Government. I trust them to ensure that I and my family have the best possible care at all times from our wonderful NHS, a service that is the envy of the rest of the world.

I constantly read and hear recently of bed-blocking in hospitals, A&E departments unable to cope due to demand, and ambulances unable to bring emergency patients into hospital, sometimes having to wait outside for several hours.

The answer, of course, has been simple – close more hospitals! When is someone going to wake up and smell the coffee and do something about the situation, even if it means slightly higher national insurance payments, or a small payment for each visit to a doctor? Obviously something has to happen and it had better be sooner rather than later.