The modern building of Conquest Hospital is a district general facility located in the town of St. Leonards-on-Sea, just on the northern edge of Hastings. The hospital offers a wide range of facilities across its four levels with the main wards located to the rear of the hospital. The wards overlook a man-made lagoon, with further views over the historic town of Hastings and beyond towards the English Channel.
The foundation stone for the hospital was laid by then Minister of Health, Kenneth Clarke, in 1988, and was a hospital designed to consolidate services offered by four smaller local facilities – Eversfield, the Buchanan, St Helens and the Royal East Sussex. Construction on Conquest Hospital was completed by 1992, allowing its first patients that same year.
With a 24-hour A&E department onsite, both emergency and high risk general surgery takes place at Conquest Hospital. Planned (elective) operations are carried out at Conquest although there is a relatively small number of these, as more complex procedures are usually catered for at nearby Eastbourne.
Conquest does however have a full range of hospital services on site for people requiring care throughout the Hastings area. There are surgical and medical wards, as well as specialist units with access to a range of diagnostic services including MRI, CT and Interventional Radiotherapy.
For expectant mothers-to-be, Conquest has a well-stocked and warm 10 room delivery suite, along with antenatal and postnatal wards, making it one of the friendliest Consultant-led Maternity Units in Sussex.
The contemporary-looking 450 bed district general hospital provides acute medical, surgical, paediatric and maternity care, plus a comprehensive range of diagnostic and therapy services. Part of the East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust, Conquest can be easily accessed via the A21, and a number of local bus routes.
Not far from Conquest on the B2093 is Sandhurst Recreation Park, a local green space that is ideal for recreation, exercise and family picnics.