Plans for a brand new, purpose-built community health hub on the site of Brighton General Hospital have moved a step closer following approval by local NHS leaders.
The Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust (SCFT) Board met today (25 October) to decide on a preferred option for the redevelopment of the East Brighton site.
The Board agreed to move forward with plans to create a new health hub which would be constructed fronting Elm Grove, with much of the rest of the site released for local housing.
Under the plan all of the Trust’s clinical and back office teams currently based at the site will be at the hub, unless patients or the services provided by SCFT would benefit from a future move. It could also see primary care and pharmacy services brought in.
Siobhan Melia, Chief Executive of SCFT, said: “This ambitious plan is a once in a lifetime opportunity to ensure that the local NHS and community services in particular can meet the changing needs of local people.
“I want to thank the many hundreds of patients, staff and members of the public that have been in touch with us to help shape this project.”
SCFT will now start detailed design work, with its plans still subject to the approval of clinical commissioners, the NHS regulator NHS Improvement, and Brighton and Hove City Council.
The Trust, which provides NHS services in homes, schools, clinics and hospitals across Sussex, had previously set out five options for the development of the East Brighton site.
SCFT engaged with patients, staff, local residents and community groups to gather views and to help ensure that its plans reflected local need.
Brighton General Hospital was built in the 1860s as a Victorian workhouse, becoming an NHS hospital in 1948. Its wards fell below required standards and in 2009 the last inpatient beds were removed.