Less than two weeks left to have a say on proposals to improve mental health inpatient services in East Sussex

26 August 2021

People in East Sussex, including service users, carers and families, have less than two weeks left to have their say on proposals by the local NHS to improve the quality and safety of mental health inpatient services in the county.

A public consultation on proposals to move mental health inpatient services based at the Department of Psychiatry in Eastbourne District General Hospital to a new home started on Monday 14 June for 12 weeks and will close on Monday 6 September. 

The 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.

People are encouraged to complete the online questionnaire: mentalhealthserviceonlinequestionnaire

Further information can also be found on the consultation website: www.sussexhealthandcare.uk/get-involved/mh-eastsussex. There, people will find the consultation document, questionnaire and other information. A summary of the consultation document and the questionnaire are also available in Easy Read, 10 community languages and British Sign Language (BSL). 

Programme Director, Paula Kirkland, said: “While we have, so far, had a good level of response, we particularly want to hear from people who have experienced mental health inpatient services, either in East Sussex or elsewhere, as well as carers and family members.”

More details are available by contacting the consultation team.

Email: esxccg.eastsussex.mh@nhs.net

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

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