Plenty of time to offer hospital feedback

We would like to thank Sue Cook for her letter (Amazed by apathy, March 31) encouraging the public to take part in the ongoing public consultation on the NHS West Sussex / Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Trust proposals for changes to hospital services in Southlands, Worthing and St Richards, Chichester.

The consultation period runs until noon on Friday, so there is still plenty of time for people to give their feedback on the proposals. Our doctors have drawn up plans to improve inpatient ophthalmology, orthopaedic and older people’s services, alongside improved community services. The changes are designed to make patients safer, and reduce the number of times people need to be transferred between hospital sites. The details are available at www.westernsussexhospitals.nhs.uk.

Clearly, the clinical staff involved believe that these plans will benefit patients. However, we also know that public feedback can help us to improve the proposals, and that is why we want to hear from as many people as possible.

We have held seven public meetings, and are arranging more meetings with specific groups who request them. We would encourage other groups to contact us on 01903 285222 x 4038 to request a meeting if you would like another opportunity to hear about the proposals and give us your comments.

With reference to a specific point made by Sue Cook regarding parking at Southlands Hospital, we would like to reassure people that our proposals do not include any reduction to the amount of parking space available at that site.

Nick Fox

director of strategy

Western Sussex Hospitals

NHS Trust