Hospitals' £50m repair backlog

Hospitals' £50m repair backlog

Hospitals' £50m repair backlog

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Hospitals across Sussex are struggling to clear a backlog of repairs of almost £50 million.
 

Patients are potentially being put at risk because of outstanding maintenance work to buildings.
 

Some repairs are classed as urgent as they have a high or significant risk of affecting patient care.
 

This includes leaking roofs, ageing electric cables, damaged vinyl floor coverings, replacement fire doors, fixing cracked skylights and replacing out of date ventilation units.
 

Moderate and low-risk repairs include fixing gutters, removing trailing cables, replacing double glazing, refurbishing showers and toilets and general redecoration.
 

A Freedom of Information request made by The Argus revealed Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust, which runs the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton and Princess Royal Hospital in Haywards Heath among others, has a backlog of around 17 million, with around £9.5 milliom classed as a high or significant risk.
 

Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Trust, which runs Worthing Hospital, Southlands Hospital in Shoreham and St Richard’s Hospital in Chichester, has a backlog of around £17.6 million.
 

East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust has a bill for maintenance work at Eastbourne District General Hospital and Conquest Hospital in St Leonards of around £15.2 million.
 

Some of the backlog is linked to the high maintenance cost of older hospital sites, including the Barry and Jubilee buildings at the Royal Sussex.
 

The planned £420 million redevelopment of the Royal Sussex will include replacing these buildings, which are almost 200 years old and cost hundreds of thousands to keep maintained.
 

A spokesman for Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals said: “Our backlog repair bill refers to the amount of money we would have to spend to bring old buildings up to the standard of a brand-new hospital.
 

“Every year we have to prioritise the money we have to keep all our buildings in a good state of repair, safe and in line with statutory standards.”
 

East Sussex Healthcare chief operating officer Richard Sunley said: “We manage our building and maintenance backlog within the money we have available.
 

“We continually assess and prioritise the work that is required on a risk basis, and, as with all our planning, the safety of our patients and staff is a priority.”

 

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10:27am Mon 19 May 14

Mr chock says...

i see the argus did this "request for info thing.." A Freedom of Information request made by The Argus ... so this is a story that is "out there now because of this .... ok so why ? any old building needs maintenance 200 years old building needing double glazing fixed and new skylights ohh how very modern.
i once the new buildings erected there will be a follow up story saying it cost X X X
i see the argus did this "request for info thing.." A Freedom of Information request made by The Argus ... so this is a story that is "out there now because of this .... ok so why ? any old building needs maintenance 200 years old building needing double glazing fixed and new skylights ohh how very modern. i once the new buildings erected there will be a follow up story saying it cost X X X Mr chock
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1:36pm Mon 19 May 14

tinker111 says...

Embarking on big expansion plan yet cant keep what they have got in good repair need I say more ????
Embarking on big expansion plan yet cant keep what they have got in good repair need I say more ???? tinker111
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2:30pm Mon 19 May 14

getThisCoalitionOut says...

"East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust has a bill for maintenance work at Eastbourne District General Hospital and Conquest Hospital in St Leonards of around £15.2 million."

This trust closed 3 wards in the DGH last week - no explanation given. They are also building at the Conquest Hospital a new site to house these three wards. The wards closed were not in a bad state of repair - they were all perfectly useable - the Day Surgery Unit is very new in fact.

So why has this Trust also stopped paying NHS staff's pension contributions? I think it's illegal to do that isn't it? Who gave the go ahead to do that?

A lot of people should be arrested and jailed for the way they are ruining the NHS in East Sussex IMO.
"East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust has a bill for maintenance work at Eastbourne District General Hospital and Conquest Hospital in St Leonards of around £15.2 million." This trust closed 3 wards in the DGH last week - no explanation given. They are also building at the Conquest Hospital a new site to house these three wards. The wards closed were not in a bad state of repair - they were all perfectly useable - the Day Surgery Unit is very new in fact. So why has this Trust also stopped paying NHS staff's pension contributions? I think it's illegal to do that isn't it? Who gave the go ahead to do that? A lot of people should be arrested and jailed for the way they are ruining the NHS in East Sussex IMO. getThisCoalitionOut
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