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NHS HIGH WEALD LEWES HAVENS CCG PROVIDES FREE TRANSPORT BUT NOTHING FOR SEAFORD

February 19 2015.

Sam Adeniji writes:



Whilst we welcome the news that the NHS High Weald Lewes Havens CCG has commissioned a pilot transport service which gives patients in Newhaven, Peacehaven and Telscombe Cliffs free and accessible transport from their homes to their local GP practices, or to the Lewes Victoria Hospital, it is disappointing that yet again the people of Seaford are missing out on this vital service aimed at helping residents who struggled to access local health services.

How can it be fair that residents of Seaford who continue to struggle to gain access to local health services cannot have access to this valuable service. Seaford residents have to travel to Brighton and Eastbourne for many of our basic outpatients’ treatment. To add insult to injury, many basic outpatients treatments have been moved further out to Bexhill, Hastings and Haywards Health.

There is no direct bus from Seaford to Eastbourne , Bexhill or Hastings hospitals, and some residents have had to pay up to £35.00 for a taxi to attend an outpatient appointment in Eastbourne.
  
I urge the Eastbourne, Hailsham and Seaford CCG to emulate the example set by the High Weald Lewes Havens CCG and engage with community transport charity CTLA to provide accessible transport for many residents of Seaford struggling to gain access to local health services in Eastbourne, Brighton or Bexhill.


Cllr. Sam Adeniji

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