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New heart-check service boosts local health care in Hailsham

A new heart check service in Hailsham, run by local GPs and CVS Health, has been welcomed as a major boost for local health care provision.

The Hailsham Community Cardiology Service will be run from Seaforth Farm Surgery but is available to all patients registered at Hailsham and Herstmonceux surgeries.

The service has been set up by Hailsham GP Matt Jackson in collaboration with Cardiologists at Eastbourne DGH, the Sussex Heart Network, the Primary Care Trust and CVS Health.

CVS is carrying out all the diagnotic testing for the new service.

The aim is to reduce the number of needless trips local people have to make to the Eastbourne District General Hospital for heart checks.

Cardiologist Guy Lloyd, an NHS consultant at Eastbourne DGH and lead clinician for this service, and who works for CVS, said: “The Hailsham Community Cardiology Service is a great example of how by the DGH and local surgeries working in partnership, effective health care can be delivered locally and efficiently in an environment people know and trust.”

Nick Lockwood, Operations Manager at CVS Health, said: “We are delighted to be working with the Hailsham Community Cardiology Service to deliver what will be a major boost for local health care.”

Dr Jackson said: “The Cardiology Service is all about delivering high quality health services to the people of Hailsham and surrounding villages where they most need them – locally.

“We will provide a range of tests which in many cases will remove the need for patients to travel to Eastbourne.

“For the elderly who are often nervous about going to a big hospital, and for those who rely on public transport, this type of integrated, locally-based service is crucial and we believe is the way forward for efficient local health care. Hopefully, the Hailsham Community Cardiology scheme will pave the way for many more such services initiated by local GPs and the PCT.”

Patients will initially be referred to the Hailsham Community Cardiology Service by their GP. After seeing Dr Richard Blakey, a doctor with specialist skills in Cardiology, if tests such as an ECG or Echocardiogram are required, they will be carried out at the Seaforth Farm Surgery. If more complex tests are required they will still need to be conducted at the Eastbourne DGH.

Wealden MP Charles Hendry said: “This is a great service offering an essential health care provision. Rather than people having to make regular trips to Eastbourne, people in and around Hailsham will have a service on their doorstep. This is exactly how people want the NHS to be – expert treatment, delivered locally, with the hospital and GPs all working constructively together, so that waiting times can be reduced significantly.”

Patients who attend Quintins Medical Centre, Herstmonceux Surgery, Bethany House Surgery, Vicarage Field Surgery and Bridgeside Surgery in Hailsham will all be eligible to use the Hailsham Community Cardiology Service.

People who want to know more about the service should ask their GP for information.

For media inquiries, please call Matt Adams at Cobb PR on 01323 416999.

Photo caption: The Hailsham Cardiology Service team with Wealden MP Charles Hendry and Mrs Elizabeth Post, the first patient to be treated under the service.

Left to right: Sarah Malton, practice nurse; Nick Lockwood, CVS Health; Charles Hendry, MP; Dr Matt Jackson, GP; Elizabeth Post, patient; Dr Guy Lloyd, Consultant Cardiologist; Dr Richard Blakey, GP; Rose Hurst, Sussex Heart Network; Helen Clark, East Sussex Downs and Weald PCT.

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