Future of Southlands could be hanging in the balance

There are fears for the future of outpatient services at Southlands Hospital, in Shoreham
There are fears for the future of outpatient services at Southlands Hospital, in Shoreham

SOUTHLANDS Hospital could be under threat if a lucrative musculoskeletal contract awarded to Bupa CSH Ltd is put in place, according to the hospital’s League of Friends chairman.

Malcolm Brett fears MSK services at the Shoreham-based hospital could be ‘diminished’ and moved elsewhere if the Coastal West Sussex Clinical Commissioning Group decide to sign a £235 million contract with Bupa rather than the Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Mr Brett said: “If you take out those services, there’s little life left in the building.”

For the full story, see the Herald & Gazette, Thursday, October 9.