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Royal Sussex County Hospital
1 May 2014

The Outline Business Case for the £420 million redevelopment of the Royal Sussex County Hospital (RSCH), part of Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust, has been approved by HM Treasury and was formally announced today.

Matthew Kershaw, Chief Executive of the Trust said “In 1928 – on the 100th anniversary of the establishment of the Royal Sussex County Hospital –  the hospital board of governors said in their annual report “Our main building is a hundred years old, and the site does not easily lend itself to expansion.  Our accommodation is taxed to breaking point and a very great amount will have to be done if the Hospital is to be made worthy of the County.

“The approval of our Business Case is fantastic news for our patients and staff.  We have been working on the plans for this redevelopment for six years.   We can now move forward with confidence into the next phase which will lead to the final approval of the project and make our plans a reality.  The redevelopment will mean that our most vulnerable patients, many of whom are elderly or frail, can be treated in fit-for-purpose, state of the art facilities.  It will mean that patients across Sussex who need require specialist treatment such as brain surgery, cancer treatment or who have life-threatening injuries can be treated in Sussex, closer to where they live.

“We are deeply grateful for all the support we have received from patients, staff, the public and our partners across Brighton & Hove, Sussex and the wider region.  We will continue to work with all our partners across the City, and across Sussex, to provide the best possible hospital for our patients and our staff.  The redevelopment will also provide employment opportunities during the construction phase which will benefit Brighton & Hove and the wider region.

“Our current Trust Board is committed to making the hospital worthy of the County and this approval is an important step to realising that long-held ambition.”

Over the coming months temporary buildings will be constructed on the RSCH site to house clinical services currently in the redevelopment area.  The Full Business Case (FBC) for the project, which gives the fine detail about the redevelopment, will be submitted for approval later this year. Work on the first building of the main scheme is expected to commence in the Autumn of 2015, subject to approval of the FBC.