Bus tour could be just the ticket for local patients

People across East Sussex are invited to get aboard the Healthwatch East Sussex Big Red Bus.

Starting next week during 1-5 September, the original London bus, in its signature red colour, will be at locations in Eastbourne, Seaford, Lewes, Bexhill, Hastings, Crowborough, Forest Row, Rye (there has been a change of venue, please see details below) and Battle.

The tour is your opportunity to come and speak with Healthwatch East Sussex, about your experiences of local health and social care services. You will be able to hear about the work we do, and how we use your experiences to make a difference locally and nationally. 

Director of Healthwatch East Sussex, Julie Fitzgerald said,

“as the independent health and care champion for local people, our priority is to listen to local peoples experiences. The Red Bus tour is a major part of how we get out and speak to the public, and a great way for the public to come and find out what their local Healthwatch can do for them”.

Everyone who visits the bus will have the opportunity to enter our daily competition, to win a Russell Hobbs ‘Smoothie Maker’ and recipe book.

You will also be able to:

  • leave user experience reviews about local services on our Feedback Centre
  • receive information and signposting about local services
  • sign up as a Healthwatch volunteer
  • take part in our current surveys; and
  • suggest what you think are the East Sussex local health and care priorities

There will also be opportunities to talk to senior representatives from key organisations that deliver and buy services in East Sussex.

This includes:

  • East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust
  • Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (mental health services)
  • NHS Complaints Advocacy Service
  • Adult Social Care; and
  • the East Sussex Better Together programme

Whatever your age there will be something for everyone when the road show comes to your area, including opportunities to meet:

  • volunteers from GP patient participation groups
  • local Mayors, (Seaford Lewes and Crowborough)
  • Chair of the District Council (Lewes)
  • the Deputy Mayor in Eastbourne and Town Crier in Rye
  • Community First Responders ( in Eastbourne and Bexhill); and
  • face painting for children on the Saturday in Rye and Battle

…don’t miss the Bus

To make sure you don’t miss the bus…check out the time timetable below.

Tuesday 1st September 2015
09.30 – 14.00 hrs
Asda Store, The Crumbles, Eastbourne, BN23 6JF

Tuesday 1st September 2015
15.30 – 17.00 hrs
The Salts Recreation Ground, Seaford, BN25 1DR (Station end car park)

Wednesday 2nd September 2015
10.00 - 16.00 hrs
The pedestrian area, High Street, Lewes BN7 2AF

Thursday 3rd September 2015
09.00 - 13.00 hrs
Devonshire Square, Bexhill, TN40 1AB

Thursday 3rd September
14.00 - 17.00 hrs
Morrison’s Car Park, Hastings TN34 1RN

Friday 4th September 2015
09.00 – 12.00 hrs
Car Park, Croft Road, Crowborough, TN6 1DA

Friday 4th September
13.30 – 17.00 hrs
Community Centre, Forest Row, RH18 5DZ

Saturday 5th September 2015
09.00 – 12.00 hrs

Rope Walk, Rye, TN31 7NA

Saturday 5th September 2015
13.00 – 17.00 hrs
Abbey Square, Battle, TN33 0AD

Contact Us

We want to hear about your experiences of health and social care services, whether they were good or bad as well as hear your ideas for improvements.

You can contact us using the following:

Telephone: 0333 101 4007

Text: 07826 021 114

Visit our website:


Email us:


Facebook Healthwatcheastsussex

Twitter @HealthwatchES

Alternatively you can write to us using our freepost address:


Healthwatch East Sussex

85b Ashford Road


East Sussex

BN21 3TE

If you would like any further information about the activities highlighted in this document or those we have referenced please contact us using one of our contact methods.

We look forward to hearing from you.

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