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On 18 Feb 2018 at 8:07am Phill wrote:
Hi heard a rumour from a reliable source that the Lewes Vic has been shortlisted to be closed down, am I the last to know this? Does anybody else have any more info?
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On 18 Feb 2018 at 9:08am Billy Bull wrote:
During the EU referendum there was a lady standing on Cliffe bridge telling everyone the only way to save Victoria hospital was to vote Leave. I can't imagine the campaign didn't look at the facts or didn't know what it was talking about so we can assume the hospital is safe I'm sure.
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On 18 Feb 2018 at 10:20am Eric wrote:
The Victoria is safe. No way will that be allowed to close. Maria Caulfield will ensure that.
Also Rochdale will win the FA cup, 2+2 = 3.6, and Elvis is alive and well on Mars
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On 18 Feb 2018 at 2:28pm Earl of Lewess wrote:
Apart from putting more strain on Brighton and Haywards Heath (making the parking situation even more of a nightmare), closing the Victoria would make it harder for the vulnerable to reach appointments. Not everyone can afford a taxi and the bus journey isn't was. The only possible justification would be if the Victoria's services were integrated into the new super-surgery that is in the pipeline, if the North Street development ever goes ahead. But until that happens, they should leave well alone.
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On 18 Feb 2018 at 2:30pm Earl of Lewess wrote:
Sorry, autocorrect has a mind of its own. It should read "the bus journey isn't easy".
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On 18 Feb 2018 at 2:56pm Buzzard wrote:
You can be sure that if the present squeeze on the NHS is continued, then there will be more hospital closures, and small hospitals are always at the top of the list to go - accountants like the economies of scale that they think they get from bigger units. The fact that you may die on the way to a distant hospital is not their problem.
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On 18 Feb 2018 at 4:23pm Bill wrote:
Now this is where I sound really ignorant, but what purpose does Lewes Victoria Hospital serve? Does it do operations? Does it specialise in anything? Do you go there for X rays? I have never been there or know anyone who has, but am just curious.
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On 18 Feb 2018 at 4:33pm Old Malling wrote:
They used to do minor ops, not sure if they still do. They do X rays and have a fantastic minor injuries unit. Youíre obviously not as accident prone as my family Bill!
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On 18 Feb 2018 at 4:59pm Honst wrote:
To call it a hospital is a bit if an exaggeration tbh.
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On 18 Feb 2018 at 5:22pm Annette Curtin-Twitcher wrote:
As well as minor injuries, they have an excellent physiotherapy department and some consultants hold outpatient clinics at the Vic.
It would be a great shame if it were to close, unless the services provided there could be relocated elsewhere in town,
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On 18 Feb 2018 at 5:47pm Buzzard wrote:
We've used Minor Injuries a number of times and it's a gosdsend having somewhere close by & openlong hours, especially with kids. Can't thank them enough. I also had a foot X-ray there after twisting and cracking an ankle and was treated by their physios. Great place, would be tragic to lose it.
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On 18 Feb 2018 at 5:48pm Patient wrote:
They were certainly doing operations in the day surgery clinic less than a year ago because I had one.
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On 18 Feb 2018 at 7:12pm Sussex Jim wrote:
I have used Lewes Victoria hospital on many occasions in recent years; and can honestly say that (subject to the general constraints of the NHS) the service is second to none. There is free car parking available, and all buses going to the villages north of Lewes stop outside. Most out-patient appointments are within minutes of the booked time.
The Minor Injuries Unit is particularly good. Open 8-8 every day, I have used it once or twice when had something in my eye or cut my hand while working. No fobbing me off on a nightmare journey to the RSCH!
Fortunately, i have it on good authority that that our MP Maria Caulfield will fight tooth and nail to keep this facility open and running.
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On 18 Feb 2018 at 7:34pm Ferret wrote:
Fell off bike. Cut chin badly. Stitches inserted within 10 minutes of arrival at minor Injuries Unit. Brilliant.
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On 18 Feb 2018 at 7:42pm Bill wrote:
From above posts, I can see the minor injury unit serves a useful purpose, but does a Minor Injury Unit constitute a Hospital?
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On 18 Feb 2018 at 7:42pm Proud of lewes wrote:
This would be really bad for this town, a fantastic asset. Have any other towns successfully defended threatened closures? Could this bring together the warring factions of the town of Lewes? Maria cauliflower better know which way her bread is buttered or it will be the long walk to the high jump for her.
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On 18 Feb 2018 at 8:32pm inthegutter wrote:
It would of course be a shame to lose Lewes Victoria but the closest and most accessible MIU is Uckfield where I can imagine services being consolidated.
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On 18 Feb 2018 at 9:14pm Fairmeadow wrote:
As well as minor injuries, Lewes Victoria has daily clinics offering outpatients appointments and day surgery. However, it's most important role is its ward that caters for recuperation after treatment at one of the local District General hospitals. Without it there would be even more bed blocking at Brighton, Haywards Heath and Eastbourne. Closing it would be an astonishing example of the East Sussex NHS shooting itself in the foot and increasing its unnecessary costs and the pressure on its hard-pressed A&E departments. Won't happen. As it happens Maria Caulfield does understand that, as did Norman Baker. So did the local NHS management last time I looked, though they change so fast you can't take their common sense for granted.
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On 18 Feb 2018 at 10:24pm Ken wrote:
"our MP Maria Caulfield will fight tooth and nail to keep this facility open and running"
Ah well. That's it. The kiss of death for the Vic.
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On 19 Feb 2018 at 7:10am Annette Curtin-Twitcher wrote:
I wouldn't say the MIU at Uckfield is that accessible, inthegutter. It's a long way down Framfield Road, and I don't think the bus goes there.
And it's a long bus ride to Uckfield if you're bleeding and/or in pain!
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On 19 Feb 2018 at 7:27am The people wrote:
The Vic is a critical local health resource. It must stay and we need our MP to make a statement about its future.
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On 19 Feb 2018 at 7:41am Local drinker wrote:
As mentioned above, it is possible that the New Health hub in the NSQ will take over minor injuries, x ray and Consultant appt. roles plus physio.., but obviously not Meadow Lodge (the recooperation unit). I suspect that it costs lots to maintain the Old Vic. But definitely hope that we keep most of its services in Lewes. Meadow Lodge is a newer and separate building so hopefully that would stay even if the Vicís services moved to new Health Hub.
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On 19 Feb 2018 at 8:06am Mavis wrote:
Then again the Victoria will make lots of lovely luxury apartments too. Especially if sold off cheaply, as the council always does.
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On 19 Feb 2018 at 8:44am Blakey @ Anette wrote:
Don't go bleeding on my bleedin' seats, get a hospital car or an ambulance.


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