"A Hospital in decline."

About: Conquest Hospital

From the grubby exterior and littered cigarette burns every, and the general lack of cleanliness as you enter the building, gives you the impression that no one cares. What happened to your caretakers and people that would tell the smokers to go elsewhere. What is the pride on the unkempt gardens now awash with bramble and weeds.

This is not a great 1st impression. Upon visiting twice, I found the sheer lack of basic equipment such as dexo scanners and other equipment meaning that I had to travel to Eastbourne instead.

It appears that it is a building where no one cares and this gives the impression that it's soon to close.

Someone. Please Clear up your filthy mess.

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Response from Conquest Hospital

We are sorry that you found the entrance area to the Conquest Hospital in a poor state of cleanliness during your recent visit.

The area is inspected and cleaned daily, with litter being collected and emptied.

During busy periods litter/refuse can build up and this is attended to by the grounds staff and housekeepers.

To control smokers and their litter, we have recently installed smoking shelters and these, once used, will further help to manage the problem.

With respect to your observations about the gardens, staff regularly maintain the approach to the hospital but at this time of year, vegetation grows quickly.

We have prepared bedding plants for colour which will go into planters shortly. We will ask grounds staff to ensure that excess foliage is kept to a minimum.

The site is inspected by patient groups and any environmental concerns are resolved.

Thank you for providing valuable feedback.

As a Trust, we welcome all feedback, good or bad, from patients and their families about any aspect of our services.

This helps us to closely monitor how we’re doing and make improvements where necessary.

We apologise for the fact that your first impression was poor.

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