Politicians are urging Rother residents to make their feelings known in the current consultation into local maternity services.
East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust has mooted a host of potential changes to maternity departments, in-patient children’s services and emergency gynaecology across the county’s hospitals.
And many health campaigners believe some of the suggested changes could have a detrimental effect on local mums and their babies – particularly if they are asked to travel to further afield to give birth.
Clinical commissioning groups across East Sussex are currently gathering feedback e plans -which can be seen in detail online at www.betterbeginnings-nhs.net and include reducing some services previously available at The Conquest in Hastings and the DGH in Eastbourne to just one of the two hospitals – and Rother District Council wants as many locals to make their opinions known as possible.
The local authority’s councillors have already taken part in the consultation – with NHS decision-makers arguing changes are vital in order to maintain high standards of care.
Proposals have been drafted by leading local GPs and hospital clinicians, taking into account previous public engagement.
Plans have been narrowed down to half a dozen suggestions which were shown to a election of Rother councillors earlier this month.
And the councillors now want local people in Bexhill and across Rother to make sure they have their say before the consultation ends on Tuesday April 8.
Councillor Angharad Davies, Rother District Council spokesperson for health, said: “It is vitally important that the public engages with this consultation to work together with the CCGs to reshape these services to ensure safe and high quality care for the future wellbeing of women, babies and children.”
Details of how to respond, community events and contact details can all be found at www.betterbeginnings-nhs.net.