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Eastbourne District General Hospital (often shortened to DGH), can be found just off of King’s Drive and is located on the western outskirts of Eastbourne town centre.

The Hospital occupies a prominent position on one of the main thoroughfares in the town and has commanding views over both the seaside resort and its rural surroundings. Read about Eastbourne Lifeboat Museum

It has existed since 1976, being part of a wider renovation of healthcare services across the country, updating older facilities with what was then state-of-the-art technology and wards. The DGH as it stands today provides acute and community care services to the people of East Sussex. The East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust oversees it and makes sure that standards are kept to the best of their abilities despite underfunding and shortness of staffing.

The hospital has a number of medical and surgical wards and specialist units alongside a 24/7 Emergency Department. There is a broad range of diagnostic services available to patients, such as Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Computer Tomography (CT) and Interventional Radiotherapy.

Stroke services are also based in Eastbourne for the local area, and the hospital has a midwife-led Maternity Unit that brings many new lives into the world every year. Planned (elective) operations are regularly carried out at Eastbourne DGH via the small yet confident network of operating theatres.

Eastbourne DGH maintains a Care Quality Commission (CQC) overall rating of ‘Good’. Read more about this site

There is a good range of facilities available to visitors, as well as patients, including the League of Friends shops (selling things such as newspapers, magazines, cards, and general items), The Restaurant, a WRVS Café, WRVS Coffee Shop, on-site chapel, Induction Loop, Wheelchair Access and a well-stocked Patient library.

The hospital provides treatment for people with a range of eye conditions too via its Ophthalmology Department. In partnership with Eastbourne Blind Society, under a contract with East Sussex County Council, the DGH offers additional services such as a Low Vision Support Service, which can offer you advice, emotional support and information about eye conditions, benefits, employment issues, organisations, registering sight loss and a variety of rehabilitation methods.