Western Sussex Hospitals have joined up with Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals to form a new NHS Foundation Trust for our area: University Hospitals Sussex.

You can keep using this website for information about St Richard’s, Worthing and Southlands hospitals but for our other sites and to find out more about the new trust please visit www.uhsussex.nhs.uk.

Patricia Peal


Public Governor: Worthing District 

“My background is in education and I have been involved, in a voluntary capacity, with the Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust for over 8 years.

I was a patient representative for the group which focused on treating the older patient with respect and dignity; I worked with Jackie Dominick on the ways staff could help reduce noise at night; I am patient representative for the Dementia Strategy Group and for Worthing Emergency Floor, one of the Royal College of Physicians’ initiatives.

I am a Knowing Me volunteer on both sites working with older patients on the wards, especially with those who have dementia. I received training for my work with such patients and am now asked to have new volunteers shadow me, however, I can only show them what I do, for each volunteer will bring their own strengths and ideas to the role.

As a stakeholder I attend all meetings in order to keep abreast with what is happening within the trust. I thoroughly enjoy my volunteering roles and believe I would make a good governor. I always stand up for patient and for staff rights as I believe a happy and contented workforce will enable patients to make a better recovery. If unsatisfied with an answer I am given I will ask that question again until I feel that I have been given a satisfactory answer and have not been fobbed off and this is something I will bring to the role of governor.”

To contact Patricia Peal please email: governors@wsht.nhs.uk


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