The Trust has been given £5.05million to work up detailed plans to develop Bexhill Hospital, Conquest Hospital and Eastbourne DGH over the next decade, as part of the second wave funding round earmarked for 2025-2030 in the government’s Health Infrastructure Plan which includes 40 hospitals across England.
The £5.05million seed funding will be used to work up plans over the next 12 months as part of a strategic outline business case. These plans include the expansion of emergency and radiology departments along with replacement or refurbished of clinical facilities at all three sites. This will include new wards and a fully developed emergency floor at Conquest Hospital, a new Outpatients department, theatre suite and staff residences at Eastbourne DGH, along with the creation of more clinical space within the existing hospital footprint. At Bexhill Hospital, a new rehabilitation unit and ophthalmology facilities are planned. In addition, the backlog maintenance at all three hospitals will be completed.
Dr Adrian Bull, Chief Executive said: “We are delighted to get funding to work up detailed plans and a business case to transform our hospitals. This will be the key to unlock major investment, expected to be around £500million, over the course of the next decade. This is a major vote of confidence in ESHT and the work we are doing to provide high quality care and to control our finances. We are at the start of what will be a lengthy process and our plans will be developed and finessed over time but this investment is very significant. We will be working to ensure continued capital investment in the Trust pending the commencement of these major developments. These are exciting times for healthcare in East Sussex as we plan and build for the future.”