COULD full maternity services be back on their way to the DGH?

There was uproar back in 2013 when plans for a temporary downgrade of maternity and paediatric services at Eastbourne hospital were agreed by East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust.

Hospital chiefs said the plans were put forward for safety reasons, after the trust had staffing shortages.

It was made permanent in June 2013 and Eastbourne was outraged.

Now there may be a glimmer of hope on the horizon.

Listen to this from Eastbourne MP Caroline Ansell: “Chief Exec is going back to the case for change in 2013 on maternity (to move consultants to Hastings) to see if the original decision to single-site still stands.

“It was made on safety back in the day.”

This confirms that the decision back in 2013 is now being looked at again.

Could there be change on the way?

One paediatric nurse, who asked not to be named, said back in 2013 staff were devastated for their patients.

She said: “It’s going to mean that many more children will have to make journeys across to Hastings at a time when they are particularly vulnerable.

“They’re sick. Their families are vulnerable. And I think it’s going to have massive implications for children who are sick and for children who are long-term disabled.”