EASTBOURNE’S MP Caroline Ansell has come out fighting over what she calls ‘scaremongering’ about changes to paediatric care at the DGH.

“When I have parents telling me that they thought paediatric care at the DGH has been shut down, I fear there has been some scaremongering around what these plans mean. I have been inundated with messages from concerned people who now believe they have to take their children to Hastings or that the hospital is going to close.

“None of this is remotely true. We are going to be getting a new hospital on the DGH site and already building work on an elective surgical hub, that will be part of that new hospital, is taking place. The future of hospital services in Eastbourne are secure.”

The MP added: “Paediatric services remain at the DGH too. The most important message right now is this: if your child is ill, you should go to the DGH.”