A&E temporary expansion plans at Brighton Hospital Brighton News

NHS bosses want to build a temporary two-story extension of the accident and emergency department at Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton.

The modular building would be connected to the existing A&E department and allow doctors to treat more patients.

The building would be an ‘interim measure’ and would remain until the completion of the £ 485million modernization of the Royal Sussex site, although no date has been given by hospital bosses.

University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust, which operates Royal Sussex, said: ‘The main purpose of this facility is to complement the facilities of the main A&E department, which requires additional capacity and has been severely overburdened by the current workload. infections with Covid 19..

“The facilities will provide essential additional capacity, streamline access to urgent treatment and support streaming of A&E patients in accordance with the NHS Five Year Forward View.

“The modular building is intended as an interim measure while a more extensive redevelopment of the hospital is underway and, once the current project is completed, the A&E department will move to its new premises.

“The lifespan of the building will be limited but confidence is not able, at this stage, to predict how long it will be necessary.

“The proposed site for the building is the parking and maneuvering space outside the existing A&E reception point.

“The proposed building is located above the retaining wall that borders Bristol Gate and occupies a row of parking spaces between the existing one-story A&E building and the hospital’s main waste storage complex.

“It is proposed to reposition the waste storage enclosure to optimize the use of the available space while maintaining the storage capacity.”

The hospital trust has applied for a building permit for the changes to Brighton and Hove City Council.

If granted, the extension would have a new waiting room, treatment rooms, accessible toilets and a downstairs laundry room.

The first floor would have offices, a cleaning store, washrooms and a “simulation room” for training.

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This notice was published: 2021-04-15 23:01:00