East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust

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Type of Trust
NHS hospital trust
Trust Details
Last annual budget £360 million
Employees 7500
Chair David Clayton Smith
Chief Executive Dr Adrian Bull
Website East Sussex Healthcare
Care Quality Commission reports CQC

East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust runs Conquest Hospital in St Leonards-on-Sea, Eastbourne District General Hospital, Bexhill Hospital, Lewes Victoria Hospital, Rye Memorial Hospital and Uckfield Community Hospital, all in East Sussex, England.


The trust announced in November 2012 that stroke services should be centralised on the Eastbourne District General Hospital site and emergency and higher risk planned general surgery, and emergency and higher risk planned orthopaedics would be located at the Conquest Hospital.[1]

Crowborough Birthing Centre, which was temporarily shut in November 2013, changed hands and is now run by Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust which runs Tunbridge Wells Hospital at Pembury and Maidstone Hospital.


Four-hour target in the emergency department quarterly figures from NHS England Data from https://www.england.nhs.uk/statistics/statistical-work-areas/ae-waiting-times-and-activity/

In December 2013 the Trust was one of thirteen hospital trusts named by Dr Foster Intelligence as having higher than expected higher mortality indicator scores for the period April 2012 to March 2013 in their Hospital Guide 2013.[2]

The Trust predicts a deficit of £19.4m in 2013-14.[3]

In April 2014 High Weald Lewes Havens Clinical Commissioning Group served 12 months’ notice on their £18m a year community services contract with the Trust because of concerns about “the access to and consistency of NHS community services”. A report to the commissioner’s March board meeting mentioned “ad hoc and unnotified” closures of the trust’s minor injury service, “inequitable access” to district nursing, and “intermittent closure” of a midwifery-led unit. The CCG says the financial problems of the Trust could mean “there is a risk that the provider may seek to take short term decisions that reduce the equitable provision of community services to save cost. Equally, there is a risk that services could be deemed, ‘unsafe’ because of staffing issues.”[4] The CCGs in Eastbourne and Hastings are continuing their contracts with the Trust, but High Weald are putting their community services contract out to tender.[5]

The Care Quality Commission raised concerns over outpatient records and surgical practices at Eastbourne District General Hospital after an inspection in September 2014. It also found that safety and leadership was inadequate.[6] The leaders of the trust were subsequently urged to resign by the East Sussex County Council health overview and scrutiny committee and by Hastings Borough Council.[7]

After a further CQC inspection which found a “void” between the “board perception” and “reality of working at the trust” the trust was put into special measures [8] and Stuart Welling, the Chair, resigned.[9] The trust paid a firm called Prederi £45,000 to help with its recovery plan.[10]

In February 2016 it was expecting a deficit of £48.7 million for the year.[11]

In March 2016 the Trust was ranked bottom in the Learning from Mistakes League.[12] It was put into special measures in October 2016.[13]

In February 2018 it was predicting a deficit of over £56 million - just less than 15% of its total income.[14]

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  1. ^ "Green light for East Sussex reconfiguration plans". Health Service JOurnal. 23 November 2012. Retrieved 4 November 2013.
  2. ^ "Dr Foster identifies 13 trusts with high mortality ratios". Health Service Journal. 6 December 2013. Retrieved 7 December 2013.
  3. ^ "More than a third of trusts predict year-end deficit". Local Government Chronicle. 13 March 2014. Retrieved 16 March 2014.
  4. ^ "Commissioner serves notice on East Sussex contract over quality concerns". Health Service Journal. 3 April 2014. Retrieved 20 April 2014.
  5. ^ "Huge changes to Crowborough and Uckfield hospitals could be on the way". Kent and Sussex Courier. 14 October 2014. Retrieved 16 November 2014.
  6. ^ "CQC: Eastbourne District General Hospital 'inadequate'". BBC News. 27 March 2015. Retrieved 27 March 2015.
  7. ^ "Renewed calls for East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust bosses to resign". Bognor regis Observer. 17 June 2015. Retrieved 20 June 2015.
  8. ^ "East Sussex put in special measures after concerns of bullying culture". National Health Executive. 23 September 2015. Retrieved 1 November 2015.
  9. ^ "East Sussex Chair resigns following critical CQC report". Health Service Journal. 30 September 2015. Retrieved 1 November 2015.
  10. ^ "Private company brought in to help East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust". Argus. 5 December 2015. Retrieved 6 September 2016.
  11. ^ "One in four trusts plunge deeper into the red". Health Service Journal. 25 February 2016. Retrieved 22 March 2016.
  12. ^ "Trusts ranked in 'learning from mistakes' league". Health Service Journal. 9 March 2016. Retrieved 2 May 2016.
  13. ^ "More trusts put into financial special measures". Health Service Journal. 17 October 2016. Retrieved 20 December 2016.
  14. ^ "Trust expects to miss control total deficit by £30m". Health Service Journal. 5 February 2018. Retrieved 2 April 2018.

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