Doctors have laid out outline plans for the future of Crawley Hospital, general practices and community care.
The Five Communities Plan (FCP), by Crawley Clinical Commissioning Group(CCG) and Horsham & Mid-Sussex CCG, included a range of options from redevelopment to the closure of the hospital.
Dr Amit Bhargava, Clinical Chief Officer for Crawley CCG, said there was “close to a zero per cent chance” the hospital would close and added: “It’s the first step when we put all the options on the table. We are looking at opening the hospital, and possibly GP surgeries, for longer during the day and possibly even seven day working.”
The FCP stated maintenance of Crawley Hospital would cost more than £25million over the next five years while Horsham Hospital would cost £3million.
Around half of the CCG’s spend goes on hospital services. Dr Bhargava said moving some of its services to the community would help it pay for more patient care.
The CCGs will take feedback from communities in Crawley, Horsham, East Grinstead, Burgess Hill and Haywards Heath until early in 2015 and publish a further document of its options for the towns’ healthcare.
Around 80 people took part in an interactive public meeting about the FCP for the town, in the Charis Centre, West Green, on July 29.
People were presented medical case studies and asked to give feedback on the CCG’s options at the event.
Dr Bhargava said: “People gave a number of very useful suggestions to us which the team is now collating.
“They will be appropriately put into the plan.”
Janet Boniface, chair of a voluntary patient feedback group for Saxonbrook Medical Group and Northgate Surgery, attended.
Janet, 67, of Maidenbower, who recently won the CCGs’ ‘Making a difference’ award, said: “One of the things I commented about was the provision of services always requires admin in the background and therefore it’s important there are sufficient but not excessive resources available to provide the planned services.”
To give feedback on the FCP, visit www.5communities westsussex.nhs.uk