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Family's anxious wait for rehab centre after dad-of-two suffers cardiac arrest

Her partner was left severely brain-damaged, paralysed and blind. A young mother from Hove says she's still struggling to come to terms with the catastrophic consequences of his cardiac arrest.

Sabrina Mason says she has been overwhelmed by the kindness of friends, family and even strangers. But they now have an anxious wait for a bed in a rehabilitation centre. Charlotte Wilkins has our report below:

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Sussex doctor says A&Es are buckling under the strain in letter to Cameron

As A&E departments continue to struggle in the face of unprecedented demands, a senior consultant has condemned the crisis in a stark open letter to the Prime Minister. Robert Galloway, a consultant at the Royal Sussex County Hospital accident and emergency department, said A&E's are buckling under the strain, as patients are left waiting in corridors. It comes in the week that every NHS Trust in Kent AND Sussex failed to meet Government targets for A&E waiting times. Sarah Saunders spoke to Brighton MPs Simon Kirby (Con) and Caroline Lucas (Green), GP Julian Spinks and pharmacist Eric Norgbey.


Caroline Lucas says hospital boost is "fantastic news"

MP Lucas is happy to hear Royal Sussex County Hospital will receive £400m Credit: PA Wire

Brighton MP Caroline Lucas has shared her delight at the news Royal Sussex County Hospital will receive a £400m investment.

She said: "This is fantastic news for the city and a real success for the cross-party community campaign.

"Brighton and Hove deserves a 21st century hospital and a strong NHS that puts the public first. We've worked so hard for this essential redevelopment and I will be keeping up the pressure to ensure that there are no more unnecessary delays from the Treasury as the project goes forward."

Money comes after two-year campaign

The entrance to the Royal Sussex County Hospital Credit: PA Images

An investment of £420 million of investment into the Royal Sussex County hospital in Brighton has been announced by the Government.

It follows a two-year campaign by Simon Kirby MP. The hospital's current buildings are some of the oldest in the health service and date back to the 19th Century.

The 753-bed trust provides a full range of surgical support for major trauma and emergencies. The age of the buildings is beginning to have an impact on patient care.

Under the redevelopment programme, old buildings on the site will be demolished and replaced with new ones with modern facilities. The number of beds will increase by 100 and the neurosciences and cancer centres will both be improved.

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 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.


Brighton trauma centre opens

New trauma centres are opening today across the country - including one at the A & E department at the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton. It's hoped the new system will revoluntionise treatment for critically ill patients, potentially saving 20% more lives a year.

We spoke to Iain McFadyen - Chief of Trauma at The Royal Sussex County Hospital.