THE DGH is so busy patients may have to go elsewhere for treatment.

And it may be further afield than Sussex.

Healthwatch East Sussex has sent this message out after meeting DGH bosses on Wednesday:

“The Trust continue to treat high numbers of COVID-19 positive patients across all sites.

However they are hopeful of improvements on the horizon as community rates are slowly falling and the vaccination roll out programme is gathering pace.

On behalf of the Trust we were asked to share these important messages with local people:

1. If you absolutely need to come to hospital, please do so
2. If you are asked to come in, please do come in
3. If you have an appointment booked…please attend
4. We may ask you to go somewhere else for treatment, normally within Sussex, if so, we will discuss transport with you.”

Healthwatch added: “It is critically important that we at Healthwatch East Sussex continue to hear your experiences either as an inpatient, outpatient or as a carer; we are particularly interested in your experiences of the Hospital Discharge process and you can contact us about this or any other experience using the details below.

“We appreciated the time taken by both Joe and Steve to meet with Healthwatch East Sussex during these very difficult times and expressed our thanks and gratitude to them and all the staff on behalf of East Sussex Residents.”

Healthwatch East Sussex
Greencoat House
32 St Leonards Road
East Sussex
BN21 3UT