STRUCTURE: The reconfiguration of services at East Sussex Healthcare Trust is now complete following the centralisation of emergency and high risk orthopaedic services at Conquest Hospital in Hastings last week.

This follows the centralisation of maternity and paediatric services after an expert team warned of the “potential for calamity”, followed by stroke services at the end of 2013.

The orthopaedics move will mean more complex elective orthopaedic operations will now take place at Conquest Hospital rather than Eastbourne Hospital.

Andy Slater, medical director (strategy), said: “As doctors working in East Sussex we are committed to improving the healthcare available for our communities. We firmly believe the changes to emergency and high risk orthopaedics will improve the quality of care we are able to provide to patients now and in the future in East Sussex.

“By having all emergency and high risk orthopaedics based on one site, we now have more surgeons available to carry out planned procedures and an on-call surgeon to deal with any patients needing emergency care. This means we will be able to reduce the number of planned operations that we have to cancel and treat people more quickly, which in turn will improve their recovery.”