15th October 2014 - latest

We had a very informative meeting with our barristers in London together with local Solicitor, Christos Christou, from Lawson Lewis Blakers.  We have been advised to challenge the decision recently made by East Sussex HOSC (Health Overview Scrutiny Committee) with the Secretary of State for Health and we will be doing this legally with barristers and solicitors help but we are also hoping local people who feel an injustice has happened by Maternity services being downgraded despite the decision in 2008 which said Eastbourne DGH Maternity unit MUST NOT be downgraded, will sign a petition which will be delivered at the same time. 

We are hoping to have our new look website up and running next week.  We HAVE NOT given up and are as determined as ever to get back and keep ALL core services at Eastbourne DGH.  Whilst we have huge public support, we must keep fighting.  How can it be safer to travel so much further for unplanned medical emergencies? And with the appalling congestion on the A259 not to mention the increasing number of road closures, with no direct public transport links, it is an unacceptable situation.  Thank you for your continued support.  As always, if you want to let us know what is happening locally, please contact us.

2nd September 2014

The Save the DGH Campaign Group met last Saturday (30th August) and will be drawing up a plan on how best we can fight to get back the core services the DGH has lost in the last year when we meet again next Saturday (6th September).

We are also looking into how such an important decision to remove Consultant-led Maternity and Paediatrics could happen with the Chair's casting vote (at the Health Overview Scrutiny Committee meeting in July) meaning the Chair had two votes. We are also looking at how the DGH can be a viable hospital providing ALL the core services and which ways in which that can be done as ESHT (East Sussex Healthcare Trust the Trust which runs the DGH and community health services) and our local CCG say it is not possible.

And lastly, there is a CQC (Care Quality Commission) public meeting for any member of the public to attend at the International Tennis Centre, Devonshire Park, Eastbourne on Thursday 4th September 2014 at 6pm to 7.30pm.  This meeting is open to ALL who use the DGH and the Conquest and any other community services run by ESHT.  They want to know about your experiences.  Please attend if you can.  This is an open meeting.  The CQC is an independent body which monitors the NHS and can intervene if services are not up to scratch. See www.cqc.org.ukIf you are unable to attend this meeting please share your experience with them on the following link:- www.cqc.org.uk/share-your-experience-finder or phone their helpline 03000 616161.

1st August 2014

The Save the DGH Campaign Group met yesterday (31st July 2014).  We are looking at every and any route in which we can challenge the decision to downgrade our Paediatric and Maternity services at EDGH.  We are still very much focussed on having ALL core services at EDGH which is all those services you need which are urgent and unplanned.  We are still fighting but much of it depends on the information you give us.  We will update you shortly with our plans but if you have any information or queries, please let us know.  Thank you very much for your support.


29th July 2014

Sadly at yesterday's meeting, the East Sussex Health Overview Scrutiny Committee (HOSC) did not delay or refer the permanent donwgrading of Maternity and Paediatrics at EDGH to the Secretary of State for Health.  The Campaign Group will be meeting on Thursday evening to discuss the way forward.  We will keep you posted.


26th June 2014

The decision by the local Clinical Commissioning Group for Eastbourne Hailsham and Seaford defies belief.  On Wednesday (25th June 2014) they voted to permanently remove consultant-led Maternity and Paediatrics from Eastbourne DGH.  We are devastated but still fighting on.  Two things I would like to draw your attention to

1.        30 degrees Petition.  This is a new petition. Please send to all your contacts as we want to get 10,000 signatures as soon as possible.   https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/eastbourne-dgh-local-services-for-local-people

2.       We need to get a referral to the Secretary of State for Health from East Sussex Health Overview Scrutiny Committee (HOSC) on 28th July.  At the HOSC meeting on 19th June, Councillor Alan Shuttleworth proposed an amendment to the 1st motion about the consultation process and requested a referral to the Secretary of State for Health.  This was defeated by 5 votes (Shuttleworth, O’Keefe, Ungar, Carstairs and Forward) to 6 (Ensor, Pragnell, Philips, Standley, Beaney & George).   There were no abstentions.  Losing by one vote is hard to stomach but if we don’t get a referral on 28th July, there is nothing more we can do.  If we do get a referral to the Secretary of State for Health, this will mean and INDEPENDENT ENQUIRY into the Maternity and Paediatric provision in East Sussex.  This is what we need. 

If you have any influence over any of these Councillors (particularly in the Wealden area) please use it!  We are not saying Option 7 is perfect, we are saying a 2 site solution was demanded in 2008 when a referral was made and therefore if that is now not happening, there should be no question to refer again.  If the local NHS say it is impossible – AS BEFORE in 2008 and was referred, surely the same should apply now!  Remember in 2007 the local NHS said it was impossible and never produced a 2-site option and here we are again in EXACTLY THE SAME POSITION.  Quite unbelievable.

We still need your own personal stories so please keep letting us know and stating whether you are happy for this to go on our website.  This is real life and we believe the public have a right to know the situation we are being forced to accept by not having these services in Eastbourne.

Lastly, thanks to all of you who have facebooked, emailed, texted and called to show your support of the Save the DGH Campaign after what has been a devastating week.  We have been completely overwhelmed and will continue to fight if we can.  We will try to keep you updated but please remember we are all volunteers and you, the public, are amazing. 


Emergency and high risk orthopaedic services move to Conquest (May 2014)

Centralisation of services may not be the answer says the new Chief Exec of the NHS (Apr 2014)



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.

Centralisation of services may not be the answer says the new Chief Exec of the NHS (Apr 2014)
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

Other downgrades around the country.....

North Yorkshire


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