Doctors are poised to take over the commissioning of health services in Horsham and Mid Sussex from April.
Sweeping change will see the end of the West Sussex Primary Care Trust and possibly new services at Horsham Hospital. The new era was outlined by Dr Simon Dean, of the Horsham Commissioning Group, when he addressed the League of Friends of Horsham Hospital.
Dr Dean, of Park Surgery in Horsham, said doctors in Horsham and Mid Sussex had merged to create a strongly unified body and were working on a constitution. There would be no focus on a new hospital for the area but concentration on providing better ways of providing local services. He believed the situation was improving but admitted there was still a long way to go.
Dr Dean said doctors planned to make maximum use of Horsham Hospital with more clinics in outpatients, a more comprehensive out-of-hours service, possible day-case operations, maybe a permanent MRI scanner and redevelopment of the therapies area.
The League of Friends has already committed £250,000 towards the therapies proposal.
Graham Nice, director of nursing at the Sussex Community NHS Trust, praised the Friends and said he was “truly humbled” by the work being done. The “enormously valued” contribution of volunteers was not just the icing on the cake for the NHS but the marzipan too.
Treasurer Frances Haigh said the Friends had raised £37,544 in the past year and spent £45,826 on equipment and amenities, while £258,358 was committed to further projects.