MP praises Bexhill Hospital

Hospital Visit SUS-150930-104115001
Hospital Visit SUS-150930-104115001

MP Huw Merriman congratulated staff at Bexhill Hospital on their work following a visit on Monday morning.

He also praised the League of Friends of Bexhill Hospital, which last year provided more than £648,900-worth of new medical equipment for the benefit of local patients.

The MP’s guide for the visit was Lesley Carter, Matron of the Jethro Arscott Day Surgery Unit. He was accompanied by League chairman Cllr Stuart Earl, treasurer Chris Ashford and president John Dowling. Mr Merriman learned how the league gave £555,000 to re-equip the day surgery unit to specialise in eye surgery.

In its first year of operation, the eye unit has treated more than 1,800 patients.

The MP was shown a variety of high-tech equipment funded by the league, including a retinal laser device which cuts drastically the time in which surgeon Mr Pieter Gouws and colleagues can make multiple eye incisions with extreme accuracy.

Matron Carter introduced Sister Jo Tucker, who devised a working system saving £50,000 in efficiencies.

Matron praised her staff’s enthusiastic team-working, including the practical contributions made by staff who transferred when the unit changed from general day surgery.

She explained the work in Ocular Plastics being undertaken by Mr Manuel Saldana. From behind glass, the MP was able to see an eye operation in progress. Typically, these are completed in just 15 minutes under local anaesthetic.

The MP briefly saw the Radiography Unit (digitalised by the league) and the coffee shop manned by league volunteers.

The Dowling Unit specialises in the treatment of age-related wet-macular degeneration, treating around 50 patients a day.

The unit was equipped by the league at a cost of £80,000. The unit’s matron, Beverley Attridge and her team were recently awarded the Macular Society’s Clinical Service Award of the Year at a ceremony in London.

The MP told Matron Carter: “Congratulations on what you have done here.” He told the league officers: “You must be very proud of what you are doing.”

The League of Friends was formed in 1952. It has a committee of 16 dedicated and caring people all made up of volunteers .

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