Health clinics open in Eastbourne

Posted on November 25, 2009. Filed under: GP-led health centres, News stories, Providers, Social enterprise | Tags: , |

Bexhill-on-Sea Observer | Annemarie Field | NHS East Sussex Downs and Weald | 25 November 2009

TWO NEW clinics opened in Eastbourne this week.

A new state-of-the-art health centre at Eastbourne Railway Centre opened on Tuesday and offers a ‘walk in’ service to see a GP or nurse from 8am to 8pm, seven days a week.

And on Thursday the newly refurbished Eastbourne Dental Clinic in Terminus Buildings opened after a two month refit costing almost £500,000.

Eastbourne MP Nigel Waterson was among those who were given a tour of the new walk in health centre which has taken the place of a former sports bar on the station concourse.

The walk in service will be open to everyone, regardless of whether they are registered with the health centre practice, or with another GP surgery, or not at all.

This will mean it can be used by tourists, other visitors to Eastbourne, people who work but do not live in the town, as well as people who are not registered with a GP for whatever reason.

South East Health Ltd (SEHL) will be running the centre and working closely with local GPs to ensure that the services offered by the new health centre are properly integrated into the local health care system and operate as effectively and efficiently as possible to deliver the best outcomes for local people.

The MP also opened the Eastbourne Dental Clinic on Thursday afternoon.

The project is part of the effort by NHS East Sussex Downs and Weald to improve local NHS dental services by commissioning new and enhanced services.

The new look clinic now has three resident dentists using up to date facilities including three operating rooms and a decontamination room.

The practice will offer a wide range of NHS treatments, including hygienist appointments.

Senior Partner Dr Esmail Harunani said, “We want to give all our patients top quality treatment and we will welcome all new patients who want to be seen on the NHS.

“We have re-vamped our facilities and the services we offer and we are aiming to further build our reputation for giving people excellent care and service”.

The Eastbourne Dental Clinic will offer sessions to help people, especially children, prevent problems with their teeth such as decay and tooth loss.

Free oral health seminars will be on offer every month, open to all, and will cover why mouth and tooth care is so important for people of all ages, right from the very young to older people.

People who may have difficulty in getting NHS treatment are also encouraged to visit the practice, especially anyone who has not been seen by a dentist for the past two years.

The clinic’s dental team is specially trained in helping patients who are nervous or anxious.

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