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Hospitals across Sussex need £126m repairs
Hospitals across Sussex have a backlog of repairs of more than £126m.
Almost £47m of this work is categorised as “urgent” as they have a “higher or significant risk” of affecting patient care.
This includes water and ventilation systems needing testing, fixing fire doors and repairing toilets and sinks.
The rest of the bills are made up of “moderate and low risk” repair and maintenance work.
Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust, which runs the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton and Princess Royal Hospital in Haywards Heath, has a backlog of £38.7m, with almost £13.5 earmarked as a priority.
Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Trust, which runs Worthing Hospital, Southlands Hospital in Shoreham and St Richard’s Hospital in Chichester has a bill of £70.2m with more than £23m regarded as urgent.
East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust, responsible for Eastbourne District General Hospital, Conquest Hospital in St Leonards and several community hospitals and other buildings across East Sussex, has a £17.5m backlog with almost £9m worth listed as a priority.
Brighton and Sussex chief operating officer Nikki Luffingham 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.”
The trust’s planned £420m-redevelopment of the Royal Sussex will include replacing the old buildings and will have a major impact on the maintenance bills.
Western Sussex Hospitals said most of its maintenance backlog was from older buildings on the Southlands site.
Director of facilities and estates Paul Hatcher said: “We have three large hospital sites, and so inevitably there are significant ongoing costs involved in keeping our estate functioning well.
“Our priority is to focus first on the most urgent work which relates to patient care, safety or legal requirements, and we are successfully doing that.”
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