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PATIENTS are being urged to speak out on plans to change the way some hospital care is provided.

A three-month public consultation has been launched on proposals which would include moving eye care services from Worthing to St Richard’s Hospital in Chichester and Southlands Hospital in Shoreham.

Health officials also plan to invest in new services and extra beds closer to people’s homes, particularly for patients who have had a long hospital stay.

And Southlands hospital would be developed as a centre for outpatients, diagnostics and day surgery.

Dr Andrew Foulkes, NHS West Sussex medical director, said: ‘Plans have been shaped by hospital doctors, nurses, GPs and other clinicians, and we firmly believe that they will mean patients getting better, safer services.’

A public meeting on plans will be held in Chichester Medical Education Centre at St Richard’s Hospital from 2pm to 4pm on February 22.

Details of the plans will be published at westernsussexhospitals.nhs.uk on Monday.