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£420m hospital redevelopment expected to get the go-ahead today

The Argus: £420m hospital redevelopment to get the go-ahead today £420m hospital redevelopment to get the go-ahead today

Plans for a £420 million hospital redevelopment are expected to be given the go-ahead later today.

Th Chancellor is today due to announce the Government has approved the ambitious proposals for the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton.

They will 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.

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

The existing Thomas Kemp Tower would have a helicopter pad added so that critically ill patients could 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 could create hundreds of jobs during and after construction.

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

Brighton Kemptown MP Simon Kirby said: “Today’s announcement is great news for local people. 

“Huge congratulations must go to the team at the Royal Sussex who worked so hard to put forward such a compelling case.

“ It is only right that patients and staff will now have the very best facilities they deserve.”

 

Brighton Pavilion MP Caroline Lucas said: "This is fantastic news for the city and a real success for the cross-party community campaign.

"Brighton and Hove deseserves a 21st century hospital and a strong NHS that puts the public first.
 

"We've worked so hard for this essential redevelopment and I will be keeping up the pressure to ensure that there are no more unnecessary delays from the Treasury as the project goes forward."

Hove MP Mike Weatherley said: “This funding is excellent news for NHS provision in Brighton and Hove.

“A new, state-of-the-art hospital has been long overdue and I am pleased that the Government has listened to the needs of local residents.

“While the redevelopment will take a number of years to complete, this announcement is a strong commitment from the Government to provide long-term quality healthcare suitable for the 21st century.”


 

 

 

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8:39am Thu 1 May 14

Alison Smith says...

Great news. Pity this wasn't done during the 13 years of the Labour Government. This confirms that the Conservatives are the Party of modernising the NHS.
Great news. Pity this wasn't done during the 13 years of the Labour Government. This confirms that the Conservatives are the Party of modernising the NHS. Alison Smith
  • Score: -18

8:43am Thu 1 May 14

kopite_rob says...

Alison Smith wrote:
Great news. Pity this wasn't done during the 13 years of the Labour Government. This confirms that the Conservatives are the Party of modernising the NHS.
If it had been done by Labour it would of been under PFI and we'd still be paying for the interest alone fro the last 13 years.
Welcome news. The staff and patients deserve 21st century rather than the current 18th century facilities.
I've spent much time in the hospital and have to say for the conditions the staff have to work in they do a fantastic job.
[quote][p][bold]Alison Smith[/bold] wrote: Great news. Pity this wasn't done during the 13 years of the Labour Government. This confirms that the Conservatives are the Party of modernising the NHS.[/p][/quote]If it had been done by Labour it would of been under PFI and we'd still be paying for the interest alone fro the last 13 years. Welcome news. The staff and patients deserve 21st century rather than the current 18th century facilities. I've spent much time in the hospital and have to say for the conditions the staff have to work in they do a fantastic job. kopite_rob
  • Score: 15

8:44am Thu 1 May 14

Joshiman says...

Great news.Plans sound good.Just long overdue.
Great news.Plans sound good.Just long overdue. Joshiman
  • Score: 10

8:58am Thu 1 May 14

clubrob6 says...

Alison Smith wrote:
Great news. Pity this wasn't done during the 13 years of the Labour Government. This confirms that the Conservatives are the Party of modernising the NHS.
Yes great news we should have elections more often so we get news like this.By modernising the NHS I suppose you mean the quietly getting privatised NHS as that's what is happening.My concern is what is a perfectly good hospital SOUTHLANS at Shoreham-by-sea is quietly getting closed down,impatients have gone,outpatients quietly getting moved to worhting,the well known sexual health clinic now gone ETC.But even though as predictable this funding agreed just before the EU elections credit to the concervative's for making it happen as the RSCH is in desperate need of modernisation.
[quote][p][bold]Alison Smith[/bold] wrote: Great news. Pity this wasn't done during the 13 years of the Labour Government. This confirms that the Conservatives are the Party of modernising the NHS.[/p][/quote]Yes great news we should have elections more often so we get news like this.By modernising the NHS I suppose you mean the quietly getting privatised NHS as that's what is happening.My concern is what is a perfectly good hospital SOUTHLANS at Shoreham-by-sea is quietly getting closed down,impatients have gone,outpatients quietly getting moved to worhting,the well known sexual health clinic now gone ETC.But even though as predictable this funding agreed just before the EU elections credit to the concervative's for making it happen as the RSCH is in desperate need of modernisation. clubrob6
  • Score: 10

9:11am Thu 1 May 14

brightonline says...

Bloody finally!
Bloody finally! brightonline
  • Score: 4

9:12am Thu 1 May 14

clubrob6 says...

kopite_rob wrote:
Alison Smith wrote:
Great news. Pity this wasn't done during the 13 years of the Labour Government. This confirms that the Conservatives are the Party of modernising the NHS.
If it had been done by Labour it would of been under PFI and we'd still be paying for the interest alone fro the last 13 years.
Welcome news. The staff and patients deserve 21st century rather than the current 18th century facilities.
I've spent much time in the hospital and have to say for the conditions the staff have to work in they do a fantastic job.
Agree Labour got it wrong on PFI,i too have spent much time at the RSCH as a cancer patient and totally agree the staff do a fantastic job in buildings that are not fit for purpose.This is great news for Brighton & Hove.
[quote][p][bold]kopite_rob[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Alison Smith[/bold] wrote: Great news. Pity this wasn't done during the 13 years of the Labour Government. This confirms that the Conservatives are the Party of modernising the NHS.[/p][/quote]If it had been done by Labour it would of been under PFI and we'd still be paying for the interest alone fro the last 13 years. Welcome news. The staff and patients deserve 21st century rather than the current 18th century facilities. I've spent much time in the hospital and have to say for the conditions the staff have to work in they do a fantastic job.[/p][/quote]Agree Labour got it wrong on PFI,i too have spent much time at the RSCH as a cancer patient and totally agree the staff do a fantastic job in buildings that are not fit for purpose.This is great news for Brighton & Hove. clubrob6
  • Score: 9

9:14am Thu 1 May 14

clubrob6 says...

clubrob6 wrote:
Alison Smith wrote:
Great news. Pity this wasn't done during the 13 years of the Labour Government. This confirms that the Conservatives are the Party of modernising the NHS.
Yes great news we should have elections more often so we get news like this.By modernising the NHS I suppose you mean the quietly getting privatised NHS as that's what is happening.My concern is what is a perfectly good hospital SOUTHLANS at Shoreham-by-sea is quietly getting closed down,impatients have gone,outpatients quietly getting moved to worhting,the well known sexual health clinic now gone ETC.But even though as predictable this funding agreed just before the EU elections credit to the concervative's for making it happen as the RSCH is in desperate need of modernisation.
Should say SOUTHLANDS.
[quote][p][bold]clubrob6[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Alison Smith[/bold] wrote: Great news. Pity this wasn't done during the 13 years of the Labour Government. This confirms that the Conservatives are the Party of modernising the NHS.[/p][/quote]Yes great news we should have elections more often so we get news like this.By modernising the NHS I suppose you mean the quietly getting privatised NHS as that's what is happening.My concern is what is a perfectly good hospital SOUTHLANS at Shoreham-by-sea is quietly getting closed down,impatients have gone,outpatients quietly getting moved to worhting,the well known sexual health clinic now gone ETC.But even though as predictable this funding agreed just before the EU elections credit to the concervative's for making it happen as the RSCH is in desperate need of modernisation.[/p][/quote]Should say SOUTHLANDS. clubrob6
  • Score: 3

10:08am Thu 1 May 14

whatevernext2013 says...

that s traffic stuffed in the area for the next 10 years
that s traffic stuffed in the area for the next 10 years whatevernext2013
  • Score: 4

10:15am Thu 1 May 14

Quiterie says...

Let's wait and see Simon Kirby try and take ALL the credit for this........
Let's wait and see Simon Kirby try and take ALL the credit for this........ Quiterie
  • Score: 4

10:31am Thu 1 May 14

worthingite says...

This should have been the front page story, not a ten day old story, tut tut!
This should have been the front page story, not a ten day old story, tut tut! worthingite
  • Score: 3

10:51am Thu 1 May 14

Valerie Paynter says...

Alison Smith wrote:
Great news. Pity this wasn't done during the 13 years of the Labour Government. This confirms that the Conservatives are the Party of modernising the NHS.
At what price to the nearby residents? At what price to the traffic in Eastern Road? This is a masive overdevelopment of what is just a 2 acre site. I fear for ambulance access. And the current design has a bed shortage designed into it I am told by hospital staff who have concerns.

People from all over Sussex will have to use it too as services are more and more centralised into single big hospitals.

The old allotments where the Polyclinic and Mill View now stand was once earmarked for a new hospital site. Three authorities (East Sussex, Hove and Brighton) could not agree so it never happened I was once told by an orthopaedic consultant scanning my bones. Even that is too buried in the city for the way things are going. i needs to be further out and with a train line connection for all the people from round Sussex who have to use it.

The days of it being a hospital for just this area are over. Ironically we are seeing a return to its importance for the wider county. In 1930 when my mother's older sister was taken ill, and needed urgent hospital attention, an ambulance took her from Three Bridges (then outside Crawley) down to the RSCH in Brighton....where she died.

I look at the old Hove General Hospital and feel sad that it was converted into flats. I was angry when the private hospital in New Church Road was needlessly demolished and flats built there. Both sites could and should have been retained for medical use - perhaps with sheltered or residential care incorporated, or perhaps as group practices and super-surgeries which are now what the NHS wants as it tries to push more out of the hospitals and onto GP services.
[quote][p][bold]Alison Smith[/bold] wrote: Great news. Pity this wasn't done during the 13 years of the Labour Government. This confirms that the Conservatives are the Party of modernising the NHS.[/p][/quote]At what price to the nearby residents? At what price to the traffic in Eastern Road? This is a masive overdevelopment of what is just a 2 acre site. I fear for ambulance access. And the current design has a bed shortage designed into it I am told by hospital staff who have concerns. People from all over Sussex will have to use it too as services are more and more centralised into single big hospitals. The old allotments where the Polyclinic and Mill View now stand was once earmarked for a new hospital site. Three authorities (East Sussex, Hove and Brighton) could not agree so it never happened I was once told by an orthopaedic consultant scanning my bones. Even that is too buried in the city for the way things are going. i needs to be further out and with a train line connection for all the people from round Sussex who have to use it. The days of it being a hospital for just this area are over. Ironically we are seeing a return to its importance for the wider county. In 1930 when my mother's older sister was taken ill, and needed urgent hospital attention, an ambulance took her from Three Bridges (then outside Crawley) down to the RSCH in Brighton....where she died. I look at the old Hove General Hospital and feel sad that it was converted into flats. I was angry when the private hospital in New Church Road was needlessly demolished and flats built there. Both sites could and should have been retained for medical use - perhaps with sheltered or residential care incorporated, or perhaps as group practices and super-surgeries which are now what the NHS wants as it tries to push more out of the hospitals and onto GP services. Valerie Paynter
  • Score: 0

11:07am Thu 1 May 14

GrammarBoy says...

Why oh why do they keep on piling new units onto the Eastern Road site?! Brighton's/Sussex's premier hospital should be on a site adjacent to the A23/A27 providing good access for both ambulances and visitors from all over Sussex. A rail link might even have been possible. But no. More building on a site that was badly placed a century ago and is now hopelessly cramped. Even the Brighton General site would have been better.
Why oh why do they keep on piling new units onto the Eastern Road site?! Brighton's/Sussex's premier hospital should be on a site adjacent to the A23/A27 providing good access for both ambulances and visitors from all over Sussex. A rail link might even have been possible. But no. More building on a site that was badly placed a century ago and is now hopelessly cramped. Even the Brighton General site would have been better. GrammarBoy
  • Score: 6

11:15am Thu 1 May 14

Valerie Paynter says...

kopite_rob wrote:
Alison Smith wrote:
Great news. Pity this wasn't done during the 13 years of the Labour Government. This confirms that the Conservatives are the Party of modernising the NHS.
If it had been done by Labour it would of been under PFI and we'd still be paying for the interest alone fro the last 13 years.
Welcome news. The staff and patients deserve 21st century rather than the current 18th century facilities.
I've spent much time in the hospital and have to say for the conditions the staff have to work in they do a fantastic job.
The renal unit built over the car park at the northern end is only about 8 years old and it was done under a PFI agreement. That area once contained much needed nursing and on -call junior doctor accommodation which was just done away with. The Kemp Tower is not 18th century either. About 20 years old? And of course the Children's hospital is almost brand new.

The RSCH did not exist in the 18th century. It is only19th century at the southern end along Eastern Road. But the add-ons here and there were appalling and messy and made very baduse of space.

Alfred (Oscar) Thompsett, in a letter to the Argus suggested that this small area of historic buldings along Eastern Road could be kept and regenerated for use as offices and records, etc. whilst redeveloping behind to create the wards and technical facilities modern medicine needs and offers which the Barry wards cannot. And a listed Chapel sits in the middle of it, lest we forget. Lovely wooden floors and stairs are also in there at the back of it. A 12-storey frontage will not look right looming over the small streets and surrounding area like a massive cliff.

I too have spent a lot of time in the RSCH (as a renal patient) over 24 years and watched all the changes and seen many of the problems at first hand. I have a lot of concern for the scale of the replacement area and consequences this will bring. A lot more land is needed. And I think if staying in Eastern Road is now absolutely final (mistake) then the Bristol Estate to the north should be compulsory purchased and the land annexed for increasing hospital facilities - perhaps with flats above them.
[quote][p][bold]kopite_rob[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Alison Smith[/bold] wrote: Great news. Pity this wasn't done during the 13 years of the Labour Government. This confirms that the Conservatives are the Party of modernising the NHS.[/p][/quote]If it had been done by Labour it would of been under PFI and we'd still be paying for the interest alone fro the last 13 years. Welcome news. The staff and patients deserve 21st century rather than the current 18th century facilities. I've spent much time in the hospital and have to say for the conditions the staff have to work in they do a fantastic job.[/p][/quote]The renal unit built over the car park at the northern end is only about 8 years old and it was done under a PFI agreement. That area once contained much needed nursing and on -call junior doctor accommodation which was just done away with. The Kemp Tower is not 18th century either. About 20 years old? And of course the Children's hospital is almost brand new. The RSCH did not exist in the 18th century. It is only19th century at the southern end along Eastern Road. But the add-ons here and there were appalling and messy and made very baduse of space. Alfred (Oscar) Thompsett, in a letter to the Argus suggested that this small area of historic buldings along Eastern Road could be kept and regenerated for use as offices and records, etc. whilst redeveloping behind to create the wards and technical facilities modern medicine needs and offers which the Barry wards cannot. And a listed Chapel sits in the middle of it, lest we forget. Lovely wooden floors and stairs are also in there at the back of it. A 12-storey frontage will not look right looming over the small streets and surrounding area like a massive cliff. I too have spent a lot of time in the RSCH (as a renal patient) over 24 years and watched all the changes and seen many of the problems at first hand. I have a lot of concern for the scale of the replacement area and consequences this will bring. A lot more land is needed. And I think if staying in Eastern Road is now absolutely final (mistake) then the Bristol Estate to the north should be compulsory purchased and the land annexed for increasing hospital facilities - perhaps with flats above them. Valerie Paynter
  • Score: 2

11:19am Thu 1 May 14

paul76 says...

Good news. I just hope the planners remember that all corridors must be at least 20 metres wide to allow for cycle lanes in both directions.
Good news. I just hope the planners remember that all corridors must be at least 20 metres wide to allow for cycle lanes in both directions. paul76
  • Score: -3

11:42am Thu 1 May 14

getThisCoalitionOut says...

Argus - any news on the Eastbourne hospital, the DGH, not paying their staff's pensions into the pension pots?

Who authorised the non payment?
Argus - any news on the Eastbourne hospital, the DGH, not paying their staff's pensions into the pension pots? Who authorised the non payment? getThisCoalitionOut
  • Score: 0

12:14pm Thu 1 May 14

rolivan says...

GrammarBoy wrote:
Why oh why do they keep on piling new units onto the Eastern Road site?! Brighton's/Sussex's premier hospital should be on a site adjacent to the A23/A27 providing good access for both ambulances and visitors from all over Sussex. A rail link might even have been possible. But no. More building on a site that was badly placed a century ago and is now hopelessly cramped. Even the Brighton General site would have been better.
Totally agree they should have built a brand new Hospital at Toads Hole and sold off the RSCH to one of the Universities.£420m is a lot of money to spend on a site that will need further work when the Tower Block and adjacent buildings reach the end of their lives.
[quote][p][bold]GrammarBoy[/bold] wrote: Why oh why do they keep on piling new units onto the Eastern Road site?! Brighton's/Sussex's premier hospital should be on a site adjacent to the A23/A27 providing good access for both ambulances and visitors from all over Sussex. A rail link might even have been possible. But no. More building on a site that was badly placed a century ago and is now hopelessly cramped. Even the Brighton General site would have been better.[/p][/quote]Totally agree they should have built a brand new Hospital at Toads Hole and sold off the RSCH to one of the Universities.£420m is a lot of money to spend on a site that will need further work when the Tower Block and adjacent buildings reach the end of their lives. rolivan
  • Score: 3

5:33pm Thu 1 May 14

tinker111 says...

Sadly Hospital in wrong place A new hospital should have been build a time ago out of town YES SPACE WAS AVAILBLE BUT TOP BOD'S SAW THE BIG CASTLE AS THERE IVORY TOWER
Sadly Hospital in wrong place A new hospital should have been build a time ago out of town YES SPACE WAS AVAILBLE BUT TOP BOD'S SAW THE BIG CASTLE AS THERE IVORY TOWER tinker111
  • Score: 3

8:03pm Mon 12 May 14

Thumper Hove says...

I see that Lucas has come out of the woodwork to claim credit in campaigning for the redevelopment. What exactly has she done (getting arrested in front of TV cameras for fracking does not count). Mike Weatherley and Simon Kirby should however be congratulated for supporting the RSCH in their campaign to finally get funding.
I see that Lucas has come out of the woodwork to claim credit in campaigning for the redevelopment. What exactly has she done (getting arrested in front of TV cameras for fracking does not count). Mike Weatherley and Simon Kirby should however be congratulated for supporting the RSCH in their campaign to finally get funding. Thumper Hove
  • Score: -2

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