Hundreds Attend Public Exhibition for Seaford Health Hub Proposals
A public exhibition about the proposal to develop a new health hub in Seaford was attended by some 1244 people. The exhibition, which was held on January 29 and 30 at Downs Leisure Centre, gave Seaford residents the opportunity to learn more about the proposal, ask questions and share their views.
According to the feedback submitted by visitors at the events, the majority (78%) of people felt that the exhibition helped them to understand what was being proposed for the new health facility. If you were unable to attend, you can view the exhibition online and leave feedback until February 11 atlewes-eastbourne.gov.uk/SeafordHealthHub
The next steps will be to look at the feedback in greater depth and to develop more detailed designs for the scheme. Further work will be carried out on parking requirements, the provision of public transport and traffic management. There will be an opportunity for the public to view and comment on the detailed plans before a planning application is submitted later this year.
The health hub has been proposed in response to Seaford’s growing population and increasing demands on the town’s GP services. Old School Surgery and Seaford Medical Practice both urgently need more space and have been looking for some considerable time for alternative premises. Downs Leisure Centre has been identified as the only suitable site in the town.
Duncan Kerr, our CEO at Wave, said: “The new health hub will bring general practice and primary healthcare services to an environment where anyone, no matter their age or ability, can enjoy being active. It will ensure that GPs and healthcare teams can work hand-in-hand with support staff in a dynamic way, supporting physical, mental and emotional wellbeing.
“It was fantastic that so many people came to share their views on the scheme. Working with Lewes District Council, the CCG, ESHT and our local GP practices, I am confident that this development will change the way these services work together for the better.”
Speaking on behalf of both GP practices, Dr Raj Chandarana from Old School Surgery said: “The move will enable us to meet the urgent current health needs of residents, provide for the future growth of Seaford and enable new services to be provided to the population of Seaford as an integrated care system.”
Councillor Andy Smith, Leader of Lewes District Council, said: “We were delighted with the turnout at the exhibition and are very grateful for the constructive feedback from Seaford residents. This is a ground-breaking scheme and will make a real difference to the future provision of healthcare in Seaford.