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Improved services promised for hospital patients in West Sussex

New targets set for hospitals in West Sussex Credit: ITV news

New targets have been set by Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust - in a draft strategy launched today. Over the next three years the trust says it will focus on reducing death rates, providing more reliable services and improving experiences for patients and staff. The Trust runs Worthing Hospital, St Richard's in Chichester and Southlands in Shoreham.

People in West Sussex are also being encouraged to have their say on the future of hospital services and the trust will be accepting feedback on the draft strategy until 5 March.

The draft Quality Strategy identifies areas the Trust will focus on over the next three years to 2018. Western Sussex Hospitals have already received top marks from the Care Quality Commission, who put the Trust in the category of "providing the best and safest care", but managers say they are committed to continuing to drive improvements in the quality of care available at all three hospitals.

The four goals identified in the draft strategy are:

? Reducing patient mortality and improving outcomes, ? Making care safer, ? Providing more reliable services, and ? Improving the experience of patients and staff.

Each goal features a set of priorities that explain how progress will be measured.

Dr George Findlay, Medical Director for the Trust said: "We run the Trust for the benefit of our patients; present and future. Everyone who lives, works or visits West Sussex is potentially a patient - or visitor - and therefore has a vested interest in making sure we're doing everything we can to offer safe care and meet their needs. Getting involved doesn't have to be onerous or time consuming. We have developed a simple survey so people can give their views quickly and easily."

The draft Quality Strategy and the feedback survey are available online at www.westernsussexhospitals.nhs.uk/quality.

Chichester couple celebrate after hitting the jackpot

A couple from Chichester are thanking their lucky stars after a life-changing Thunderball win on Wednesday 10 December - making them £500,000 better off.

The lucky couple, David, 56, and Karen Ainger, 57, are still reeling from their good fortune and have hailed it the perfect way to round off the year.

Karen bought the Lucky Dip ticket at Sainsbury on Westhampnett Road in Chichester Credit: UK Lottery

Karen discovered she had won when she checked her ticket just before she went off to bed.

With David, who was on an early shift the next day, already in the land of nod, it took her a while to realise what she was seeing.

David took it all in his stride and went to work the next morning, whereas Karen spent a sleepless night planning how she would make the claim the next day.

een theatre goer Karen will now be able to attend even more performances at the Chichester Festival Theatre Credit: UK Lottery

We are a quiet couple who enjoy the quiet life. We will be using the winnings to pay off a small car loan and credit cards, and then the rest is going into investments for our retirement.

I’m a Friend of Chichester Festival Theatre and I love going, I try to attend at least one or two shows each season. Now that we can pay off all our debts, I will have more disposable income for tickets."

– Karen Ainger

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TRAVEL - WEST SUSSEX: Accident A27 at Chichester

The A27 Chichester Bypass is closed westbound with queueing traffic due to an accident between A259 (Fishbourne Roundabout) and A259 (Emsworth Junction).

Police are directing traffic. The accident happened approximately 1.5 miles after the Fishbourne Roundabout, in the direction of Havant. Emergency services are at the scene. Motorists are using the A259 as an alternative route which is becoming congested.

Concern for missing Chichester man

Tom was last seen on Monday afternoon leaving a health facility in Chichester Credit: Sussex Police

Police are growing increasingly concerned for the welfare of a 28-year-old man who has failed to return to a health facility in Chichester where he was being treated.

Known as Tom, the man left the premises with permission at around 1.30pm on Monday but did not come back at 4.30pm as expected. He was last seen in Edward Street, Brighton, on Tuesday afternoon.

Tom is described as white, 5, 11", of heavy build with short or shaven hair and a fair complexion. He is thought to be wearing a grey t-shirt, green fleece, blue trousers and blue jeans. He smokes and is known to enjoy a drink.

It is not clear if Tom has access to medication that he needs and this could affect his personality.

Anyone seeing Tom or who knows of his whereabouts is asked to email 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or phone 101, quoting serial 1156 of 24/11. In an emergency, call 999 and ask for police.

Police appeal after dog stolen from yard

Police are appealing for witnesses after a dog was taken from a home in Lower Street, Fittleworth, at 9.20pm on Monday 13 October.

18-month-old working cocker spaniel, Rowlf

The 18-month-old working cocker spaniel called Rowlf is described as a black dog with a white chest. He was in the yard when his owner, who was inside the house, heard a loud noise and a vehicle speeding away at the time of the theft. Rowlf was wearing a collar with a bone-shaped tag on.

PC Ben Poulter said: "The owner is distraught at the loss of his dog. Please get in contact if you have seen Rowlf or have any information as to his whereabouts so we can reunite them."

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25-year-old raped in Chichester alleyway

A local man has been arrested after a 25-year-old was raped in a Chichester alleyway.

The woman was assaulted in an alleyway connecting East Street and the Little London car park.

Police want to speak to a man and woman walking along this route between those times.

A 32-year-old local man has been arrested on suspicion of rape and released on bail until 9 October while enquiries continue.

Tributes paid to windsurfer killed in crash

The brother of a 42-year-old cyclist who died after a collision in Chichester has paid tribute to him.

Howard Plumb died after his bike collided with a Honda Jazz in Knight's Hill, Charlton, on Saturday.

Mr Plumb was one of the world's top windsurfers who was famous around the globe.

Howard Plumb died following a collision in Chichester Credit: Sussex Police

He had numerous national, world and European championship titles in windsurfing and represented Great Britain in the sport at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta.

Mr Plumb, known to friends and family as Howie.

As an active member of the i-Team Cycling Club he competed at several national events including the Tour of Wessex and the End to End on the Isle of Man and numerous European races in France, Italy and Belgium.

Mr Plumb leaves a partner, Ania, parents Roger and Sue and brother Roland.

Roland Plumb said: "Howie has had a huge impact on our lives and had many great friends around the world.

"The number of messages of condolences we have received has been staggering and a testament to both his popularity and accomplishments.

"We need time to come to terms with this tragic event and would ask for privacy at this time."

A 54-year-old man from Sweden, arrested on suspicion of driving without due care and attention has been released on bail until 13 November.

Female falcon is new arrival at Chichester Cathedral

The new female at Chichester Cathedral Credit: RSPB

A new pair of peregrines is breeding at Chichester Cathedral. The female which delighted observers over 13 breeding seasons by producing a record 45 chicks has not returned to the nest this spring.

The new female, identified by wildlife photographers and keen peregrine watchers David and Janet Shaw, who work closely with the RSPB, has had three males vying for her attention.

Six men arrested after being found in the back of lorry

Six people have been arrested on suspicion of entering the UK illegally after an Italian-registered lorry was stopped on the A27 near Chichester.

Police were called after the driver heard banging from inside the lorry yesterday.

The westbound carriageway was closed for around half an hour as a rolling road block was put in place, just in case any of the people attempted to run.

The men, aged between 23-29 have been arrested and remain in custody.

They will be interviewed by UK Border Agency staff later this morning.

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