We should look to Ashford for stroke emergency

Living just outside of Rye, I question how an ambulance would be able to get me to the DGH at Eastbourne within 45 minutes in the event of a stroke.

Even if, fortuitously, the vehicle was sitting at my address with its’ doors open, engine running, and blue lights on the go at the very moment of an attack, it would just about get to the Conquest within 45 minutes on an ordinary day – I would suggest that there is absolutely no chance of making Eastbourne in that timeframe.

Maybe we should be looking at the facilities available at the William Harvey Hospital at Ashford for this Eastern extremity of East Sussex – it’s a great deal closer than Eastbourne and that, it seems, could now literally represent the difference between life or death.

John A Stedman

Rye Road, Rye Foreign