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General health services

Community NHS Trusts

Community trusts provide community, rehabilitation and children's health services including District Nursing.

In response to the growing complexity of community health services, the Queen’s Nursing Institute (QNI) has added to its online resources for patients, which includes frequently asked questions, a who’s who in the community, information on how to access services and a breakdown of how services are provided. Also on the pages are stories about community nursing, descriptions of projects funded by the QNI to improve patient care and links to other organisations. Access the online resources


There are 7 Hospices within Sussex. Hospices are best known as providers of specialist palliative care for people who are near the end of life and for their families. However, many also provide symptom control advice and assessment of complex needs throughout the palliative care stage.

Some hospices also offer counselling and other services on an 'out-patient' basis and may have a 'day hospice' offering specialist non-residential support.


Hospitals are run by Acute Hospital Trusts and provide what is knows as Secondary Care. Acute Trusts are usually responsible for more than one hospital site, for example East Sussex Hosptials Trust runs both The Conquest Hospital in Hastings, and the Distrect General Hospital in Eastbourne.

GP / Primary care

Primary Care Trusts are responsible for the planning and commissioning GP services for their local population.