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Decision expected on multi-million pound plans to rebuild the Royal Sussex County Hospital

Planning permission has been granted for work on the Royal Sussex Hospital in Brighton

A government decision is expected on multi-million pound plans to rebuild one of the region's biggest hospitals.

Parts of the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton date back almost two hundred years. Health chiefs want to knock it down and replace it with a state-of-the-art building. It would cost four hundred and twenty million pounds.

Artist's impression of the new-look hospital after development

Royal Sussex hospital fails to meet standards

Royal Sussex County Hospital
Royal Sussex County Hospital said it has already taken action to improve care Credit: PA Wire

The Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton has been toldit must make improvements after it failed a recent inspection.

The Care Quality Commission told Brighton and SussexUniversity Hospitals NHS Trust that the hospital failed to meet four of thenational standards.

Ian Biggs, Regional Director of Care Quality Commission in the South, said: "Patients are entitled to be treated in services which are safe, effective, caring, well led, and responsive to their needs, and where a service is failing on any of these grounds, action is needed."

The Trust has told us that it has already taken action to improve care and treatment for its patients. We will return unannounced in due course to check that it has made the changes required."

While the report found staff were dedicated, it also saw patients were not treated with dignity especially in the emergency department.

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