Over £2million is to be invested into three major projects at Eastbourne DGH over the next year.
£850,000 is to be spent on the Radiology department for two new CT scanners, as well as improving patient privacy and dignity. In September, a new shared reception for nuclear medicine and ultrasound, plus a new nurse base and waiting area for the main x-ray will be built. Work has already been completed on a new dental room and sub-waiting area for the Ultrasound suite.
£750,000 is being invested in Urology to create five clinic rooms, three procedure rooms and two consulting rooms. Patient pathways will be streamlined to improve privacy and dignity and confidentiality whilst undergoing investigations and treatments. The waiting room and reception area will be realigned and notes storage will be secured. Equipment pathways will be improved to enhance infection prevention and control, ensuring a reduction in the potential for cross contamination. Staff and administration areas will be realigned to improve the working environment and promote collaborative working.
£600,000 will be invested in the Main Entrance to refurbish and extend it, to enhance the environment and ambiance. Reception, information and waiting areas will be modernised and facilities for refreshments will be upgraded. An upgraded area for patients who are booking to book into their appointment. An extended and refurbished café funded by the retail provider.
These are all part of plans to spend some £53 million over the next five years across Eastbourne DGH and the Conquest in Hastings, which are both run by the East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust to enhance patients’ experience and make working conditions better for staff.
The Trust is currently applying for Capital Funds from the NHS Improvement Fund to upgrade existing Emergency Departments on both sites to meet future standards for the delivery of emergency care.
In addition, a large number of smaller projects are planned across both acute sites, including refurbishment of wards on a rolling programme, enabling works for major projects plus additional works in support of service delivery and improvements to the environment for patients.
Chris Hodgson, Director of Estates and Facilities, said, “We are totally committed to making sure our patients and staff can enjoy being cared for in, and work in, the best possible facilities, which is why we are making this large investment in capital schemes over the next five years. We are excited by this investment to our hospitals which will enhance both our patient's experience and the working environment for staff. It marks a new era for Conquest and Eastbourne District General Hospitals, one which will see us transform our buildings and facilities over the next few years in line with our Estates Strategy for 2016-2021. Both Hospitals will benefit from significant refurbishment over the next five years.”