I recently read in the local newspaper how West Sussex Hospital Trust (ie Worthing, Southlands and Chichester) are having trouble with what they call bed blocking, resulting in cancelled operations and other services.
This now proves a point that Southlands should never have been closed, as most of these patients were transferred there for further (excellent) care until well enough to return home.
Nobody would listen to people in the area and hospital staff knew it would happen.
If I were one of these patients, I would have to be called a “bed blocker” when I was elderly and ill, and all I wanted was my home.
Where have the community beds gone, which were promised?
On another subject, patients sent home with a packed tea, supplied by local supermarkets, is nothing new, we were told in the newspaper.
Southlands always provided a food package just in case the arranged services were unable to come on that day – and it was supplied by in- house caterers.
At the first meeting, which many people attended, we were told by the “top ones” that they had great plans for Southlands and that it would not be sold.
So much for that encouraging speech.
We are now surrounded by hundreds of houses, with dangerous road, more cars, nowhere to park, over packed schools and doctors, and no hospital.
I watch this space – new eye department and wonderful League of Friends – no patients to use them.
I can’t see this going ahead – we’ve already waited years with bated breath!
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