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Royal Sussex County Hospital redevelopment decision coming in 'near future'

The Argus: Hospital redevelopment decision coming in 'near future' Hospital redevelopment decision coming in 'near future'

A decision on a long-awaited hospital redevelopment is expected “in the near future”, according to a Government health minister.

Dan Poulter who has made the claim was responding to a written Parliamentary question from Brighton Pavilion MP Caroline Lucas about the £420 million plans for the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton.

The ambitious proposals involve the demolition of the ageing Barry and Jubilee buildings, which are almost 190 years old, and replacing them with a purpose-built 12 storey development.

The older buildings are cramped, expensive to maintain and are no longer suitable for 21st century care.


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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 can be brought in by air ambulance and treated more quickly.

The redevelopment also includes proposals for a roof garden and there will be hundreds of thousands of pounds worth of transport improvements.

The work would be carried out in three phases and is expected to create hundreds of jobs during and after construction.

Planning permission for the scheme was granted by Brighton and Hove City Council in January 2012.

However Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust, which runs the hospital, is still waiting for formal approval for the project from the Treasury and Department of Health so funding can be released for it.

Ms Lucas’s question asked what progress had been made with the review of the outline business case since the issue was last raised in February.

In his response, Dr Poulter said: “The outline business case for the redevelopment of the Royal Sussex is being considered by the department, the NHS Trust Development Authority and HM Treasury.

“This review is at an advanced stage and a decision is expected in the near future.”

The continuing wait for approval was highlighted at the last full city council meeting.

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10:21am Sat 12 Apr 14

clubrob6 says...

If its for the go ahead it will be just before the EU elections,if its bad news it will be after then.I was at the RSCH yesterday it looks so run down .It must be a nighmare keeping infections under control in such old rundown buildings mind you it does not help when all the hand dispencers were empty on the main entrance.
If its for the go ahead it will be just before the EU elections,if its bad news it will be after then.I was at the RSCH yesterday it looks so run down .It must be a nighmare keeping infections under control in such old rundown buildings mind you it does not help when all the hand dispencers were empty on the main entrance. clubrob6
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12:39pm Sat 12 Apr 14

Valerie Paynter says...

Hospital staff tgell me there are insufficient bedsbuilt into the redevelopment. This may be one reason for the delay.

As an RSCH renal patient of 24 years standing, I have a close experience of how the place works and fails. The Children's hospital was built on the site of the old Renal Unit Portakabin of offices, dialysis and ward beds. It is too big for the available area, takes up too big a footprint at the expense of the needs of other bits of the hospital around it and no parking provision was designed into it.

There is one way access into that area and the car park (under the "new" PFI renal unit built over it) with a loop return by the same path (where once thre were doctor/nursing residence blocks). It is tortured and dangerous along that north access. And no through exit allowed into Abbey Road on the western side because resident objections were agreed to and they put a stop to it when the Children's hospital was built.

When I was on dialysis I would be driven up Abbey Road to the renal unit and out down Abbey Road going home. That stoppage with the building of the new renal unit and the children's hospital has been disastrous.

The site is too small and the agreed redevelopment plans massively over scale to what the, just 2 acre, site and surrounding area can take. If it is built the area will become unliveable. It is already heavily stressed.

The only way to make a redevelopment work is if there is compulsory purchase of part or all of the Bristol Estate to the north for expansion of the site area for hospital use. Maybe with housing built into it somehow to replace that which would be lost. Preferably with some sheltered or residential care.

It is kamikaze and city wrecking to massively expand with new and replacement provision within the current "container".
Hospital staff tgell me there are insufficient bedsbuilt into the redevelopment. This may be one reason for the delay. As an RSCH renal patient of 24 years standing, I have a close experience of how the place works and fails. The Children's hospital was built on the site of the old Renal Unit Portakabin of offices, dialysis and ward beds. It is too big for the available area, takes up too big a footprint at the expense of the needs of other bits of the hospital around it and no parking provision was designed into it. There is one way access into that area and the car park (under the "new" PFI renal unit built over it) with a loop return by the same path (where once thre were doctor/nursing residence blocks). It is tortured and dangerous along that north access. And no through exit allowed into Abbey Road on the western side because resident objections were agreed to and they put a stop to it when the Children's hospital was built. When I was on dialysis I would be driven up Abbey Road to the renal unit and out down Abbey Road going home. That stoppage with the building of the new renal unit and the children's hospital has been disastrous. The site is too small and the agreed redevelopment plans massively over scale to what the, just 2 acre, site and surrounding area can take. If it is built the area will become unliveable. It is already heavily stressed. The only way to make a redevelopment work is if there is compulsory purchase of part or all of the Bristol Estate to the north for expansion of the site area for hospital use. Maybe with housing built into it somehow to replace that which would be lost. Preferably with some sheltered or residential care. It is kamikaze and city wrecking to massively expand with new and replacement provision within the current "container". Valerie Paynter
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