Hospital revamp approved

The Outline Business Case for the £420 million redevelopment of the Royal Sussex County Hospital (RSCH) has been approved by HM Treasury and was formally announced on Thursday 1st May 2014.

This approval allows us to move forward with confidence into the next phase of the redevelopment: completing the detailed interior designs and preparing the site for the new hospital buildings.

“The announcement marks a genuine turning point in the future of healthcare for patients from across Brighton & Hove and beyond. The improvements brought about by this scheme will be experienced across the whole of our patient population from the frail elderly who are currently cared for in the second oldest ward building in the country, to those with the most specialised care needs, in services such as Cancer Care, Neuroscience and Intensive Care.”

The new hospital will have roof gardens and green roofs, likely to be the largest in the city.

Brighton hospital planning consultation open

Formal consultation is open on the hospital development, closing 8 November.

This is a vital time in the planning process and has a genuine influence on the outcome of the decision.

In the scheme of things, the roof gardens and terraces are a minor consideration when lives are at stake from the lack of a decent trauma unit – but views of natural green space are known to speed recovery, so there should be a benefit to patients in future.

See the Council’s website for further information and details of how to comment on the redevelopment plans:

http://www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/index.cfm?request=c1199915

The reference numbers for the applications are follows:

* Main Application – BH2011/02886

* Listed Building Application (Bristol Gates) – BH2011/02887

* Listed Building Application (Chapel) – BH2011/02888