The two-storey Urgent Treatment Centre is linked to the existing A&E department. It improves the care environment for patients receiving urgent treatment and is a key resource for managing the high levels of demand for A&E services at the hospital.
James Millar, Deputy Director of Capital Development and Property at University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust, said:
“This is a really positive development that will ease pressure on the hospital, leaving other departments free to treat the most serious cases, and is in line with the NHS Long Term Plan. Thanks to careful planning and partnership working, the A&E Department remained fully operational during the building works. We look forward to patients experiencing the improved environment that this new facility can offer. This is part of the Trust’s dedication to delivering the best possible care environments across all our hospitals.”
The principal purpose of this facility is to supplement the facilities of the main A&E department, which requires additional capacity and has been severely over-stretched by the current caseload of Covid19 infections.
The fit-out included creating five ground floor treatment rooms inside the unit, a new reception waiting room, accessible toilets and a utility room. There are also offices and a training/simulation suite on the first floor, with multi-functional space for hot desking and hosting small meetings.
The facilities will provide essential extra capacity, rationalise the access to urgent treatment, and support the streaming of A&E patients in line with the NHS Five Year Forward View.
The modular building is intended as an interim measure while more extensive redevelopment of the hospital is in hand and once the current 3Ts project is completed the A&E Department will relocate to its new accommodation.
The Royal Sussex County Hospital project continues our work in the Healthcare sector and more recently our work at St Richards Hospital in Chichester.