Extra public meeting for mental health services consultation in East Sussex

10 August 2021

People in East Sussex are invited to an extra online public meeting to have their say on proposals by the local NHS to move mental health inpatient services in Eastbourne to new facilities on a different site in the county.

This will be the third public meeting to be held as part of a 12-week public consultation on the proposals which closes on Monday 6 September.

The meeting takes place on: Tuesday 24 August between 6pm and 8pm.

To book a place, just visit the Event Brite website for all the details.

The proposal by NHS East Sussex Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (Sussex Partnership) is to move mental health inpatient services, currently based at the Department of Psychiatry in Eastbourne District General Hospital, to new facilities to be built on a different site.

These services could be relocated to a greenfield site next to Mount View Street, North East Bexhill, Bexhill-on-Sea, or a site around Amberstone Hospital, near Hailsham.  The Bexhill site is the preferred option.

If approved, this would be the first phase towards a potential long-term vision to create a leading centre for a range of mental health services on a single ‘campus’, which could, over time, address all mental health inpatient needs in East Sussex. 

Programme Director, Paula Kirkland, said:

We are keen to hear from everyone who may have a view on our proposals which we believe will improve further the care and support we provide for people with mental health needs.

Therefore, we hope as many interested people as possible take the opportunity to contribute to our consultation by either attending this public meeting or having their say through the other ways they can make their views known. 

People who cannot attend the online public meetings can still give their feedback on the consultation in a number of ways. (This consultation has closed).

Further information is available by contacting the consultation team:

Email: esxccg.eastsussex.mh@nhs.net

Dedicated telephone line on 0300 304 0330 (local rates apply)

Write to: FREEPOST SS1018, PO Box 530, Swansea SA1 1ZL