From: Ms S.Adams, Downs Road, Hastings
I recently had to spend two four-hour periods in A&E at the Conquest (good care, thanks guys) due to a severe nosebleed that restarted after I returned home despite pressure being applied.
As emergency ENT care is only at Eastbourne, I would not have been able to drive myself and pinch my nose hard to stop the bleeding.
I have no one who could have taken me. Taxi fare to Eastbourne is £30 one way, and what cab company is going to take someone who is bleeding in their cab? Moving even the skeleton ENT OPD over will present significant difficulties to many patients.
I was lucky in that I got an Emergency OPD appointment and was treated two days later. This will not be available in future.
At present there is no ambulance service to get you across. If the service moves, is there going to be hospital car service or ambulance available 24/7 365 days a year?