The ArgusBrighton and Hove City Council calls for Government to release Royal Sussex hospital development cash (From The Argus)

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Brighton and Hove City Council calls for Government to release Royal Sussex hospital development cash

The Argus: The Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton The Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton

Delays to the long-awaited redevelopment of the Royal Sussex County Hospital will be discussed today.

Brighton and Hove City Council is being urged to contact the Prime Minister and Health Secretary amid growing concerns about the future of the £420 million project.

The ambitious plans for the hospital in Brighton will be carried out in three phases and are expected to create hundreds of jobs during and after construction.

It will involve the demolition and replacement of the ageing Barry and Jubilee buildings, which are almost 190 years old, with a purpose built 12 storey building.

There will also be an expanded cancer and neurosciences centre and an underground car park.

The existing Thomas Kemp Tower will have a helicopter pad added so critically ill patients are treated more quickly.

There will also be a roof garden and hundreds of thousands of pounds worth of transport improvements.

Planning permission was granted by the city council in January 2012 but Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust is still waiting for approval from the Treasury and Department of Health to release funding for the project.

A notice of motion, proposed by leader of the Labour Group in the city Warren Morgan, will be discussed at a full city council meeting today.

It says: “This council believes that the provision of modern NHS facilities is essential for this city.

“This council requests the chief executive to write to the Prime Minister David Cameron and the Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt and call on the Government to release the funding already earmarked in the NHS capital spending budget for the '3Ts' redevelopment at the Royal Sussex County Hospital without further delay.”

Coun Morgan said: “In the two years since the council granted planning permission and called for the funding to be released, the Government has asked for the bid to be resubmitted no less than 20 times.

“Despite ministerial visits and Cabinet ministers saying it is “when not if” we are still waiting, and patients are still being treated in wards built before Florence Nightingale started nursing.”

Conservative MP Simon Kirby, who has been campaigning for the finances to be secured and the project to go ahead, said funding had not already been earmarked for the project.

He said: “It is right that the business case for the hospital redevelopment is properly scrutinised, to ensure value for taxpayers' money.”

The Treasury and the Department of Health say the project is still being considered and a decision would be made in due course.

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8:46am Thu 27 Mar 14

pachallis says...

Whilst the upgrades to the Royal Sussex County are probably necessary, rather than continuing to invest in patching up the old buildings isn't it time we had a completely new hospital with easy access from all forms of transport (not just buses and cycles) across the entire city?

Many of the other buildings across the site are dilapidated and in need of replacement.

The layout is atrocious where to get between departments regularly means negotiating a complex maze of passages - I regularly get lost, going up and down stairs, waiting for lifts that never arrive and walking seemingly miles.

The Royal Sussex County, IMHO, is designed for the NHS staff and not for the patients.

Do patients really want a single centrally located hospital or do they want facilities that are easier to access? Why can't some departments and facilities be provided on the other side of the city?

Alternatively, isn't it about time a city the size of Brighton & Hove had a new, modern, hospital located on a green field site on the outskirts? Something similar to wonderful Princess Royal?
Whilst the upgrades to the Royal Sussex County are probably necessary, rather than continuing to invest in patching up the old buildings isn't it time we had a completely new hospital with easy access from all forms of transport (not just buses and cycles) across the entire city? Many of the other buildings across the site are dilapidated and in need of replacement. The layout is atrocious where to get between departments regularly means negotiating a complex maze of passages - I regularly get lost, going up and down stairs, waiting for lifts that never arrive and walking seemingly miles. The Royal Sussex County, IMHO, is designed for the NHS staff and not for the patients. Do patients really want a single centrally located hospital or do they want facilities that are easier to access? Why can't some departments and facilities be provided on the other side of the city? Alternatively, isn't it about time a city the size of Brighton & Hove had a new, modern, hospital located on a green field site on the outskirts? Something similar to wonderful Princess Royal? pachallis
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