Special projects since the year 2000
2015 – £1 million was raised for the Da Vinci Surgical Robot.
The “Da Vinci Robot” is being used by the Surgeons at Eastbourne District General Hospital to take laparoscopic (key hole) surgery to the most advanced level of sophistication currently possible. Its principle use is for patients with prostate cancer requiring major surgery, but is also being used in operations to remove a kidney or bladder. Patients with other pelvic and colorectal cancers may also be helped in the future. Guided by the surgeon, the “robot” provides a greater degree of accuracy and precision and at the same time is much less tiring for the surgeon – both physically and mentally.
This equipment would usually cost in excess of £2 million but The Friends secured it at just over £1 million pounds, a sum which would normally take several years to raise. However, the Charity was able to agree a generous lease-purchase scheme with CHG-Meridian, which enabled them to take immediate delivery.
It has been in use since February 2015, revolutionising prostate cancer surgery and ensuring that the hospital is a centre of excellence in this field.
2014 – £180,000 was raised for equipment for the Acute Stroke Unit, which co-ordinates a specialist service providing initial diagnosis and treatment in the days immediately following a stroke. In 2014 Stroke services across the Trust were centralised at the Eastbourne DGH meaning better care and outcomes for stroke patients across East Sussex.
2013 – £230,000 was raised towards a new Day Surgery Theatre at the Eastbourne DGH. Day surgery is best defined as ‘the admission of selected patients to hospital for a planned operation, returning home the same day’; it benefits patients, clinicians and the hospital.
2012 – £180,000 was raised for a new Assessment and Treatment Suite in Cardiology to identify, triage and fast track urgent patients. The new facility enables patients to be admitted directly to the unit where rapid assessment and diagnosis can be applied and urgent, potentially life-saving treatment commenced early whilst those with a less serious condition can be reassured and discharged sooner.
During 2012 the charity also raised £260,000 to equip 3 endoscopy rooms within the new Endoscopy Suite at the Eastbourne DGH.
2011 – £127,000 was donated to purchase a Clinical Information System (CIS) for the Intensive Care Unit, allowing staff to deliver more effective care. The CIS centralises and organises patient information, making it available at the bedside, ensuring a treatment plan is tailored directly to the most up to date information available. For example, daily blood test results are sent directly to the patient’s Clinical Information System from the laboratory ensuring that results are instantly available to clinical staff, saving time and highlighting abnormal results immediately.
2010 – £220,000 was raised to assist the East Sussex Hospitals Trust in purchasing a high-specification CT scanner for use at Eastbourne DGH. The hospital chose the GE Discovery CT750 HD, the world’s first High Definition CT system, which provided significant improvements to patient diagnosis, treatment, and prognosis.
2008-09 – £500,000 was raised to enhance the New Pevensey Unit, which provides day and in-patient services for people undergoing chemotherapy for cancer and blood related illnesses. The new unit has eleven en-suite single rooms and provides patients with a much improved overall experience, increased privacy and dignity.
2007 – £250,000 was raised for the installation of a Full Field Digital Mammography System and improvements to the patient environment in an area of the Radiology Department at Eastbourne DGH. The new equipment went into use in October 2007 and patients requiring Mammograms are now benefiting from the new technology in more private and comfortable environment.
2006 – £400,000 was raised to fund the installation of a state-of-the-art Minimally Invasive Theatre, which was opened in at the hospital in October. The theatre is used mostly for urology patients but also for colorectal and general surgery patients. Surgeons are able to perform ‘keyhole surgery’ which benefits both patients and surgeons in so many ways including, shorter operating time, better and quicker recovery, less pain and reduced scarring.
2005 – £150,000 was raised for new monitoring equipment in the post operative care unit or theatre ‘recovery room’. This busy area cares for 13,000 patients each year and has remained unchanged since Eastbourne DGH opened in 1976. The East Sussex Hospitals NHS Trust is making radical building changes to improve the layout for improved patient care. The Friends were pleased to be able to link up with this initiative to fund the monitoring equipment for the 10 bays.
During 2005 we also funded the building of a Rehabilitation Gymnasium in Physiotherapy. The new area is specially designed and solely dedicated to patients with neurological conditions. This was part of our £250,000 face-lift for Physiotherapy, which included air conditioning in the cardiac rehab gym, improvements in the reception area and offices.
2004 – The Pastoral Care Room was built at a cost of £60,000. It provides a comfortable lounge with drink making facilities plus a private courtyard. Sited near the Emergency Department resuscitation area it is used by family and friends in times of extreme stress when they need a quiet space to talk with staff and a comfortable space in which to come to terms with their situation.
2003 – £160,000 was donated to purchase a 3-D intracardiac navigation system plus the setting up of a cardiology image transfer system by video link with Brighton Hospital (the area’s cardiac centre).
2002 – £200,000 funded the furniture and fittings of the new Jubilee Eye Suite plus the purchase of new equipment in ophthalmology outpatients and theatre. The Action on Cataracts initiative helped in the reduction of cataract waiting lists at Eastbourne DGH.
2000/2001 – £400,000 was donated to fully equip the new Resuscitation Room extension built in the Emergency Unit. This facility contains four adult bays and one neonatal bay with state-of-the-art monitors and touch screens plus a quiet room with one-way glass to allow relatives to be present accompanied by an nurse counselor.
Friends funding really does make a difference.