Formal public consultation organised by the local NHS on Maternity and Paediatrics “Better Beginnings” ended on 8th April. We submitted our Option 7 which we had hoped would be considered alongside the local NHS 6 Options, all of which removed essential Maternity/ Paediatric services from either Eastbourne DGH, The Conquest at Hastings or Crowborough Birthing Centre (Maternity). If you feel strongly about this, you can write to your local GP, the local Clinical Commissioning Group , East Sussex HOSC (Health Overview Scrutiny Committee) , Healthwatch ( and/or other organisations mentioned on our website on the links page.



Eastbourne Says "NO" to ALL 6 CCG options

Our Option 7 document is launched - this is the Campaign response to the CCG that proposes an alternative to their 6 single-site options. Please also read the Eastbourne Council Letter and see the Eastbourne Herald Article "United front on ‘unacceptable’ DGH options"

Option 7 Campaign Leaflet

Baby Born in Drive - eastbourne herald Christmas baby delivered in a farmyard drive (Eastbourne Herald)

See the September 7th March on the BBC read The Argos Article, or see the Eastbourne Herald Video

Campaigners pull off world record attempt Eastbourne Herald
Liz Walke, chairman of the Save the DGH group said, “We are asking all local residents who support our campaign to join us on Saturday September 7 on the ...

See a video of the attempt (courtesy of Smokescreen Visuals).

BBC News: Eastbourne Hospital paediatricians in 'catastrophe' warning
East Sussex Hospitals Trust said the the move to a midwife-led maternity centre in Eastbourne, with consultants based in Hastings, was temporary.
Carnival Thank you to all those who took part in our walking float at the Carnival. You were all amazing. And thanks to all of you who clapped, shouted and waved as we went by. You’re a great encouragement. We will fight to get consultant-led Maternity and 24/7 children’s ward back at Eastbourne DGH as soon as possible. We intend to win this fight as the stakes are high! Thank you all for your support! See SLIDE SHOW!!
Baby born in the back of a car on the way to the Conquest hospital in Hastings. No, it’s not a joke, it really happened!  Just 3 days after Maternity was downgraded at Eastbourne DGH, Archie was born in the back of his parents car!. We must stop this happening again.  Please join us and support our Campaign

See also:
Mum gives birth in back of car on the way to Conquest.

The End of an Era...Well Almost...But Not If We Can Help It! 

Follow this link to find the contact details of your MP by clicking on the Save the GH logo in the area you live. Then ask them to support the cross-party Save the DGH campaign to retain consultant led maternity and 24 hour paediatrics at the DGH.

Travel Time Studies - Will I get to hospital in time?

Please join our Facebook campaign.

Not on Facebook? Please use this link to email us and ask to be added to our petition.

See Papers:

Evening Argos articles

Eastbourne Herald articles

Board Agrees to downgrade Maternity and Paediatrics (Children’s services) at Eastbourne DGH.

Maternity and Paediatrics are now on the ‘hit list’

Campaign Group Letter

Brighton and Sussex NHS 'worst for A&E 12-hour waits' - 23/04/2013

Please see BBC Archives....

New maternity units in Brighton and Haywards Heath to ease waiting times for expectant mothers - 27/04/2013
Our aim is non political and not-for-profit......


We are a group of people from Eastbourne and surrounding districts, who like many others cannot comprehend why the NHS Trust is even considering such cut backs.  We are not politically motivated on this.  However, we are delighted that all political parties in Eastbourne and District are united in this cause to stop any downgrade of core services at Eastbourne District General Hospital.

YouTube Links:

Dec 14, 2012 - Campaigners fighting to safeguard services at the Eastbourne Nov 19, 2012 - Save Eastbourne DGH
Nov 29, 2012 - SAVE The DGH Public Meeting Help on the 23rd of November 2012, at Eastbourne Town Hall. Sep 17, 2012 - Eastbourne ~ Save the DGH march, Norman Baker MP