Emergency Department (A&E) redevelopment

There are major changes happening in A&E at the Royal Sussex County Hospital. The department is being redesigned and rebuilt to improve the environment and treatment for patients.

Main Entrance and Urgent Care Centre – COMPLETED
The main entrance and waiting areas have been completely refurbished. A new Urgent Care Centre has been opened. It has more treatment spaces and makes it easier for staff to deliver the care that patients need.

New Ambulatory Care Centre – COMPLETED
A new Ambulatory Care Unit has opened in the Emergency Department. It cares for patients who need hospital treatment but do not need to be admitted to hospital. The Ambulatory Care Unit will give these patients the benefits of both hospital treatment, over several days if needs be, and of staying in their own home. Research shows that patients are better off at home if they fit to stay there between treatments.

New Short Stay Wards
An extension of the A&E building will provide 70 short stay beds for patients. The new facility, which will stand on columns above the A&E drop off area, will be for patients who cannot go home but do not need to be in hospital for long. The new wards will help reduce pressure on both A&E and other departments in the hospital. They will make it easier to get patients who need specialist care to the right bed as quickly as possible.

Progress:The plans are being discussed with building contractors to make sure they deliver the maximum benefit whilst minimizing disruption to the department and wider hospital.

More information about the expansion of the A&E building can be found here.