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AN elderly lady, an acquaintance, has waited for some time for surgery to her knee.

She is a pensioner and has no car. Recently, she received an appointment for surgery at St Richard’s Hospital, Chichester, to implant a new knee joint.

She is resident in north Shoreham and was requested to present herself at St Richard’s Hospital at 6.45am.

This, she found impossible, and requested she be admitted overnight. This was refused. With no car, or public transport at this early hour, the alternative was a taxi, quoted at £52. I have written before on the loss of Southlands and the lack of hospital services.

I would suggest the story here shows a lack of humanity by our hospital administrators.

Peter Berry

Stoney Lane

Shoreham