Health and well-being - an Eastbourne perspective

Health and well-being is probably the most important issue that each of us are called upon to consider in our lifetime. However, as we get older, the question of health and well-being assumes even greater importance. For that reason the ESF feels that health and well-being should be one of its main priorities

The Eastbourne Seniors Forum will not offer advice on any medical condition or recommend any particular treatment for a medical condition. Any person who requires information about treatment or any medical condition should seek the advice of their doctor or other health professional. The ESF is not responsible for the content of external internet sites shown as links to our website.

The ESF as a voice for older people, will play its full part in seeking to improve the health provisions and well-being of older people in Eastbourne and the surrounding area by working in partnership and liaison with Organisations, both Statutory and Voluntary who have a responsibility to provide health facilities for older people. We will do this without distinction of gender, ethnic background, age, disability, sexuality, religion and cultural and political beliefs.

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Health and Well-being News

4th September 2014

3VA Health and Well-Being Network

The Eastbourne Health and Well-Being Network’s first meeting is on September 23rd, 10-11.30 am, at Eastbourne Blind Society. The network meetings are part of the Chnaces4Change project and will take place every 6 weeks.

The network is an opportunity for staff and volunteers with an interest in health and well-being to keep each other informed about the work they are doing, identify areas for collaboration and develop new ideas. Please bring any promotional material you have to share and pass this invitation on to your volunteers!

As well as informal networking time, organisations will be able to give brief presentations about their work or new projects that they are running. On September 23rd this will include presentations from Lucy Tapley of East Sussex County Council about how organisations can promote their activities through East Sussex 1Space, and from Deidre Dean, CEO of Eastbourne Blind Society, about their work.

If you would like to give a presentation (5-10 minutes), please let me know. There will also be a demonstration of the Silver Song Music Box, which 3VA will be loaning to organisations this Autumn.

Click here to book a place.

Helen Meade
Community Development Officer, Chances4Change

8 Saffrons Rd
East Sussex BN21 1DG

Phone: 01323 639373
Mobile: 07415 603347

20th March 2014

East Sussex Public Health March bulletin

The East Sussex Public Health bulletin is a monthly update of local Public Health news, the latest additions to the East Sussex Joint Strategic Needs Assessment website, local campaigns and projects, GP related public health news and national public health news.

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10th February 2014

A Dignified Revolution Newsletter:
February 2014

”Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world - indeed it is the only thing that ever does" (Margaret Meade)

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It is a year this month since the publication of the Francis report on the Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust Public Inquiry.

Following its publication few have been held to account for the failures that occurred.  Jan Harry, former Director of Nursing for the Trust (now retired), who was recently given a 5 year caution by the NMC has agreed to be struck off the nursing register. The Professional Standards Authority had launched a High Court appeal against the NMC’s original decision on the grounds it was “too lenient” The Fitness to Practise case of Helen Moss, the Director of Nursing who succeeded Jan Harry, was returned as ‘no case to answer’. Weaknesses have also been found in the General Medical Council's handling of one in five of the fitness to practise cases that it closed early without doctors facing a disciplinary panel. And, calls for Sir David Nicholson to step down were ignored. He will be retiring next month.

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30th January 2014

Dementia Friends Champion Training

The Alzheimer’s Society has published dates for Dementia Friends Champion training sessions in our region.

A Dementia Friends Champion is a volunteer who encourages others to make a positive difference to people living with dementia in their community. They do this by giving them information about the personal impact of dementia, and what they can do to help. Dementia Friends Champions will attend a training session, receive support when they need it, and be part of a growing network of people creating dementia friendly communities (external link) together.

For more information, e-mail Dementia Friends

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29th January 2014

Do You Support Someone
With A Mental Health Diagnosis?

Maybe you feel you have something to say about how you are treated. Your feedback may be positive or negative but it is important!

January 30th at 2.15pm.
Tea/Coffee and Cake

The Annexe, Saffrons Road,
Eastbourne, BN21 1DG

Contact details to book a place or give feedback
E mail -
or phone - 01273 617100
Facilitated by Improving Carers Experience Project.

25th January 2014

Liberate Your Hearing Aid

It's time to liberate your hearing aid by getting it out of the dusty drawer or the tiny box hidden on a high shelf!
The Eastbourne-based charity Hearing Link is encouraging people with hearing loss to turn up to an open day being held at the Asda store in The Crumbles, Sovereign Harbour, on Wednesday, February 12th.

Running from 10am to 4pm in the store's community room, the day, titled "Liberate Your Hearing Aid", will feature information and advice about your hearing aid and hearing loss in general.

The East Sussex Hearing Resource Centre will be there with their Community Learning and Information Vehicle, affectionately known as Clive.

Audiologist Pauline Jenkins will be on hand to help hearing aid wearers get the best use of their hearing aids, including how hearing loops can enhance people's lives.

Thanks to the help of Contacta, the room will be set up for a hearing loop, where visitors will be able to see how a looped television works, and even try out the Asda check-outs which are configured for the hard of hearing.

There will be information stands featuring a variety of organisations including Age Concern, Hearing Link and the Eastbourne Seniors' Forum.

It is a free event, when there will be various short presentations during the day about a variety of subjects to do with hearing loss.

Hearing Link's User Experience Manager, Dave King, said there will be something for everyone. He said: "This is a very informal event. It will be an open house where people can pop in during the day to find out more about their hearing aids and some of the organisations in Eastbourne which are working to improve the quality of people's lives.
"We will even have a lady there who will offer an ear wax cleaning service!"

Eastbourne has been at the forefront of a Hearing Link initiative called "Let's Loop Eastbourne" which has sought to improve the availability of hearing loops in the town.
It has been a highly successful campaign which has seen a number of High Street businesses install loops, such as the Halifax, Sainsbury's and Barclay's, along with many of the town's churches and public buildings like the library, the Devonshire Park Theatre and even the chapel at the crematorium.

Dave King added: "Our work continues and we are heavily reliant on our team of volunteer loop checkers. These are people, like secret shoppers, who work in pairs to check on the availability and quality of hearing loops in shops and public buildings.

"We are very keen to hear from anyone who would like to get involved as a loop checker and make a real difference in our town."

For more details about becoming a loop checker then contact Dave at:

25th January 2014

GP Out of Hours Service in Eastbourne

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) will be inspecting
 GP Out of Hours Services in Eastbourne, run by Integrated Care 24 Limited from Eastbourne Station Health Centre. They need to hear from anyone who has used the Out of Hours Service in the past year

To share your experiences:

  1. Complete the quick online survey.  Closes 15th March
  2. Attend a community focus group organised by East Sussex Disability Association and Healthwatch East Sussex, facilitated by Disability Rights UK on Tuesday 4th March, 2pm at East Sussex Disability Association, 1 Faraday Close, Eastbourne, BN22 9BH.

    Booking is required by email to or phone on 01323 514500. For attending you will receive a £15 thank you voucher (as long as you have not participated in another CQC event in the last 12 months).
  3. Call the CQC helpline on 0300-061-6161 between 8.30-5pm, Monday to Friday and ask to talk to someone about the inspection. Calls will be charged at the standard rate.
  4. Write to CQC, National Customer Service Centre, Citygate, Gallowgate, Newcastle upon Tyne. NE1 4PA.
  5. E-mail

Care Quality Commission will treat all information received confidentially, with care and sensitivity. To find out more about our role as regulator or health and care services, visit the CQC website.

25th January 2014

Your Voice Counts
Osteopathy Focus Group - 18th Feb 2014

The General Osteopathic Council (GOsC) has joined up with Healthwatch East Sussex to hold a focus group to understand public views on:

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14th January 2014

Public Consultation on Local Health Services

The three NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups in East Sussex (Eastbourne, Hailsham and Seaford CCG, Hastings and Rother CCG, High Weald Lewes Havens CCG) have today (January, 14 2014) launched a 12-week public consultation on the future of local maternity, in-patient paediatrics and emergency gynaecology services.

The 12-week consultation period starts on January 14 and finishes on 8 April 2014. We want as many people as possible to find out more about the options we are proposing and have their say during this consultation. Please read the document and give us your views. We want to know what you think and look forward to having a genuine conversation with the public and stakeholders over the next 12 weeks to help us make the right decision for local people. 

CCGs are consulting on six potential options for providing these services in a safe and sustainable way in the long term across hospital sites at Eastbourne, Hastings and Crowborough.  The options have been developed by senior local doctors, nurses, midwives and other experts, informed by extensive public and clinical engagement since the launch of the Better Beginnings review last summer. Many thanks to those of you who shared your views and experiences of local services during this period. 

To promote access to the Better Beginnings consultation we have developed a bespoke website. The website hosts the full consultation document, an online survey and details of some of the 30+ public engagement events planned over the coming weeks.  Local NHS staff and clinicians will be going to shopping centres, supermarkets, leisure centres, children’s centres and other venues to discuss our proposals with the public and answer questions. Copies of the consultation document are being distributed across the county and will be available in GP practices, libraries, council offices, hospitals and community hubs. If you would like a paper copy you can contact us directly on 01273 403563.

There is no preferred option at this stage. The consultation will enable us to continue to hear the views of patients, public and stakeholders and this will inform the CCGs’ final decision, which is likely to be made in July 2014.

For more information visit, email, call 01273 403563 or write freepost to Better Beginnings, East Sussex CCGs, Freepost SEA2474, BN8 2ZZ.

People can also keep up to date with the Better Beginnings review on Twitter and Facebook.

2nd January 2014

Care Quality Commission December 2013 Newsletter

The Care Quality Commission has issued its December 2013 newsletter.

In this issue:

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25th July 2013

Implementation of new stroke service

East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust has confirmed the implementation of the first phase of a new stroke service in East Sussex

The public should continue to act FAST and call 999 for an ambulance if they suspect someone is having a stroke.  The ambulance will ensure the patient is taken to the correct hospital so that they can get specialist treatment as soon as possible.
Dr Andy Slater, Medical Director – Strategy said, said: “As doctors working in East Sussex we are committed to improving the healthcare available for our communities. We firmly believe the introduction of our new stroke service will improve the quality of the stroke care patients receive in East Sussex. We will have additional stroke specialist nurses and access to an increased number of rehabilitation beds at the Irvine Unit, Bexhill Hospital.  We are increasing our therapy support so that it will soon be available 7 days a week. A key part of our clinical strategy is to provide a full 24 hour, 7 day a week specialist stroke service and we are very please that these changes make a significant step towards this.”

The development of a centralised acute stroke service at Eastbourne District General Hospital will mean better care and outcomes will be provided for all patients in East Sussex. Eastbourne District General Hospital has a second CT scanner operational to ensure all suspected stroke admissions receive a scan within one hour of admission.  Rehabilitation facilities have increased at the Irvine Unit in Bexhill to aid the patient’s recovery and speed up their discharge home. Patients from across East Sussex will be taken to Eastbourne District General Hospital for their acute stroke care. If a patient attending the Conquest Hospital is found to have had a stroke they will receive initial treatment and be transferred to the specialist stroke unit at Eastbourne as soon as their clinical condition permits.

The other two services consulted on as part of the Shaping our Future consultation; emergency and higher risk planned General Surgery and emergency and higher risk planned Orthopaedics will be moving to the Conquest Hospital site at a later date.

The introduction of this new stroke service will mean the vast majority of patients who use the Trust’s services will not notice any difference as planned operations and procedures, day case surgery, out patient clinics, diagnostic tests and admissions for all other medical conditions will continue as before in a patient’s local hospital.  

FAST is an acronym used as a mnemonic to help detect and enhance responsiveness to stroke victim needs. The acronym stands for:

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