The Accident and Emergency (A&E) Department at the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton is due to be expanded this year. The project will cost around £30m and promises to provide 35 new spaces for patients arriving by ambulance in it’s first phase and is expected to be in place and operational by Christmas.
The Royal Sussex County Hospital is also to receive a new 70 bed short stay unit. The unit will care for both surgical and medical patients who need to be admitted to hospital for 48 hours or less.
The new unit will be the largest part of the £30m project to improve Accident and Emergency services at the County Hospital. It will be housed over two floors, extending the existing facilities above the department’s ambulance and car drop-off area. The building will stand on columns to will allow access for pedestrians and vehicles to the front door of the A&E.
Hospital trust chief executive Marianne Griffiths said of the proposed project: “Site preparation works around the drop-off area will start before the end of the year and the new facility is scheduled to open towards the end of 2018.”
In a report to the Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust board, she said: “Following NHS Improvement’s approval in July, Brighton and Hove City Council’s Planning Committee has now approved plans to build a new Short Stay Unit above the County Hospital’s A&E Department’s vehicle drop-off area.
“The 70-bed unit will provide care for both medical and surgical patients who require a stay of two days or less in hospital.
“The unit lies at the heart of a major £30 million programme of improvements for the A&E Department.
“The programme also includes a new Ambulatory Care Unit and the reconfiguration of the existing department.
“The extra capacity offered by the Short Stay Unit will help improve admissions from A&E and make it easier to get patients to the right bed in the right department at the right time, thus improving patient care.”