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Hospital staff’s 2019 best wishes

HOSPITAL workers in Bognor Regis have thanked their patients for their support.


The rheumatology employees at the town’s war memorial hospital said they wished them all the best in 2019.


Sister Maggie Walsh said on behalf of the team: “The rheumatology team at Bognor Regis War Memorial Hospital would like to take this opportunity to thank our patients for all their support during the past year.


“We would like to take this time to wish everyone a happy new year.”


Meanwhile, health service bosses have urged the town’s residents to have their say about the hospital.


Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust is encouraging them to show their support for the service by joining as a member. The trust provides community services in people’s homes, in clinics and at the hospital.


Members of the trust can help it to improve services and contribute to the running of the local NHS. Membership is free and is open to anyone aged over 12.


Peter Horn, the trust’s chairman, said: “Our membership plays an important role in our organisation.


“They are part of the conversation as we try to improve our services, they champion their communities and help shape the way the local NHS works.


“We would like your readers to consider joining this wonderfully diverse trust.Our teams, which are made up of people from all walks of life, provide a huge range of NHS services across Sussex.


“Local services in Bognor Regis include our minor injuries unit, musculoskeletal service and bedded wards at the local hospital, plus community nursing, health visiting and school nursing services. We have set ourselves an ambitious target to reach 6,000 members in just a few months.


“In the process, we would really like to attract, in particular, even more women and people from black, Asian and minority ethic backgrounds.”


In the past 12 months, the trust’s community nurses cared for more than 51,000 people, visiting them at home or supporting them over the telephone – helping people to stay well and in their own homes. Its children’s teams, during the same period, visited 21,500 new born babies and their families.


The trust’s hospitals – which also include Midhurst, Arundel and Horsham – had 4,300 patient admissions in 2017.


Their minor injuries units, and the urgent treatment centre in Crawley, treated 123,000 patients during that time.


Overall, trust clinicians had 2.6 million contacts with adult or child patients in the past 12 months.


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