Uckfield Community Hospital

Future of Uckfield dementia unit in the balance

The future of a dementia unit at Uckfield Community Hospital is under discussion with options being considered including the possibility of closure.

A consultation is under way and ends on Friday, October 25.

There are two dementia units in East Sussex, the Beechwood Unit at Uckfield hospital and another at the Conquest Hospital in Hastings.

Both are being under-used according to a report to the East Sussex Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee.

Five options for the future include:

Option One: No change – 16 beds would remain in Uckfield and 18 in Hastings.

Option Two: Reduce bed numbers at both sites – Eight beds in Uckfield and nine in Hastings.

Option Three: Consolidate beds on one site – Either keep the 16 beds at Uckfield or the 18 at Hastings.

Option Four: Close both sites and create a wholly new model of bed-based dementia services – A smaller number of NHS beds could be located on a single site, possibly also serving a wider geographical area, but be supplemented by a network of locally-based non-NHS beds.

Option Five: Combinations of Options Three and Four – Consolidate beds on a single site and close both sites creating a wholly new model of bed-based dementia services by proposing that both options be pursued but in a phased way.

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