£420 million of investment for the Royal Sussex County hospital in Brighton has been approved by the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne.
Despite the full range of surgical support for major trauma and emergencies that the trust provides, the state of the current buildings on the Royal Sussex County site, which date back to the 19th century and are amongst the oldest in the NHS, is impacting on the quality of overall patient care.
Under the ambitious redevelopment programme the old buildings will be demolished and replaced with new buildings and facilities consistent with higher modern standards. The hospital’s 753-bed capacity will expand by 100 beds and the neurosciences and cancer centres will both also be improved as a result of the refurbishment.
The redevelopment is expected to significantly improve the experience that patients receive, by increasing the square footage for accommodation, and also raising the quality of care due to improved patient flows around the hospital.
George Osborne said: “I am delighted that we have been able to green light the investment for the much needed redevelopment of the Royal Sussex County hospital. This is great news for Brighton and the whole local community.
“This investment once again demonstrates our commitment to protect and support the NHS. It is only possible because our long term economic plan has restored control of our public finances.”
The works at the Royal Sussex County hospital site will be fully financed from public funds and as part of the Department of Health’s capital investment budget.
Redevelopment works at the hospital site are expected to start later this year and be completed by 2024. Plans will be finalised over the coming months, with all funding subject to final approvals.