Hospital plans get council approval
February 17, 2012 at 12:47 PM
Recently approved plans for the £420 million redevelopment of the Royal Sussex County Hospital (RSCH) will see significant improvements for patients, staff and students at the hospital. Brighton and Hove City Council recently gave planning approval for the redevelopment of the front 40% of the site which will replace outdated buildings with two new facilities befitting a major acute teaching hospital. Staff and students will be working and learning in modern environments that ensure the best possible levels of patient care.
Teaching and training is a key consideration of the redevelopment and this will include:
- Spacious departments equipped to modern standards making them ideal teaching environments.
- A simulation hub, allowing students and staff to develop the skills for high-risk clinical scenarios in a supported teaching facility.
- Extensive audio-visual links, including feeds from operating theatres, meaning that staff and students can observe from procedures from afar.
- Specialist surgical and imaging skills training facilities.
- Additional general teaching and training rooms, adding to the capacity in the Audrey Emerton Building Education Centre.
- An expansion of the Clinical Investigation and Research Unit, to be co-located with a new BSMS laboratory facility.
- Major trauma facilities including a poly-trauma theatre.
- The development of around 350 new clinical jobs over the 8 year life of the project.
Preparation work for the redevelopment will begin in April this year with the larger, first stage complete in the summer of 2017 and the entire project finishing in 2021.