Photos include NHS staff, the public, the Friends, the Mayoress of Lewes Cllr Susan Murray and her consert Roger Murray
Photos include NHS staff, the public, the Friends, the Mayoress of Lewes Cllr Susan Murray and her consert Roger Murray
Great Open Day at Lewes Victoria Hospital
13 May 2016

Great Open Day at Lewes Victoria Hospital

Over 100 people attended the Open Day at Lewes Victoria Hospital on Saturday 30 April.

Organised and supported by the Friends of Lewes Victoria Hospital (Friends), Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust (SCFT) and East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust (ESHT), people were able to see a range of NHS services provided at the hospital for the local community.

The Friends and NHS staff from SCFT and ESHT ran a series of tours across the hospital so people could learn more about local services provided at the hospital. Theses include:

Services provided by SCFT

  • Triple AAA Screening - to detect any issues with the heart. Primarily aimed at men aged 65+ who are automatically offered this service.
  • X-Ray - including the ultrasound room, the main X-Ray facilities and dexascan machine (measures bone density).
  • Minor Injuries Unit (MIU) - offering treatment for a number of minor injuries seven days a week, 8am till 8pm.
  • Intermediate Care Unit - including a visit to the newly improved therapy and activities of daily living rooms, which help assess if basic tasks can be performed before people are discharged home. The unit provides 26 intermediate care beds providing short-term rehabilitation for patients aged 18+, with the aim of preventing unnecessary acute hospital admissions and supporting timely discharges back home/in the community.

Services provided by ESHT

  • Theatre/day surgery unit.
  • Outpatients.
  • Physiotherapy.

Nick Darby, chair of the Friends said: "If all visitors go home and tell their friends what an interesting afternoon they've had, what excellent facilities are available, we have helped to inform the local community of the breadth of NHS services they have available to them on their doorstep."