THE latest phase of modernising the Emergency Department (A&E) at Eastbourne DGH has been completed.

Patients and staff are now able to access the newly refurbished department using the normal Emergency Department entrance rather than using a temporary entrance.

The recent modernisation work costing £280,000 included the installation of air conditioning, new treatment cubicles, new cardiac monitoring equipment, eco-friendly lighting, a new waiting area, an updated mental health room along with a general refurbishment of the department.

Paul Cloves, Clinical Service Manager said: “We are delighted to be in our new department offering our patients a more open and welcoming environment.

“With Covid still circulating in the local community we continue to operate a red and green department to ensure we provide safe care for our patients.

“To help keep everyone safe we would ask that patients attend the department on their own except for those accompanying minors.

“This is really important as it helps to maintain social distancing in the waiting area which in turn helps to keep both patients and staff safe.”

Eastbourne MP Caroline Ansell has welcomed the improvements and reminded people how to access the NHS if they are unwell.

She said: “Please remember to contact NHS 111 if you have an urgent medical problem.

“You will be offered medical advice over the phone, advised if a hospital visit is necessary or helped to access a more appropriate local service.

“My thanks as always to our wonderful NHS heroes.”