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Sussex hospitals trust remains in special measures

One of the South East's biggest hospital trusts is to stay in 'special measures', despite improving its performance.

Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust runs the Royal Sussex in Brighton and the Princess Royal in Haywards Heath.

Last year, the Care Quality Commission rated the trust 'inadequate', and says there's still much work to be done.

As Malcolm Shaw reports.

Malcolm spoke to Alan Thorne from the Care Quality Commission and Marianne Griffiths from Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.


Thousands missing out on 'game changing' MRI tests for prostate cancer, charity says

More than 7,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer every year in the south east - and more than 1,500 will die from the disease.

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Now a new pain-free test, pioneered in the south, is using MRI scanners to help detect the worse tumours.

But so far only around half of the UK's hospitals are offering it - with Medway and Southend among those missing out.

Andy Dickenson reports and speaks to Chris Kitcher, Dr Jonathan Richenberg of the Royal Sussex County Hospital, and Angela Culhane of Prostate Cancer UK.

One year in - inside the 19th century hospital at centre of half a billion pound redesign

The Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton contains some of the oldest buildings in the NHS, dating back almost two hundred years.

It is now the centre of one of the most expensive redesigns in the country - costing nearly half a billion pounds. But while eight years of work goes on patients have to be looked after as normal.

So, with the first twelve months completed, Andy Dickenson went to see how doctors, nurses and patients were getting on. He speaks to clinical director Peter Larsen-Disney, patient Geoffrey Price and ward manager Zingy Thetho.

'Racism is endemic' at Sussex NHS Trust placed in special measures

Last night we reported on claims of bullying, harassment and discrimination at the biggest NHS Trust in Sussex.

Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust has been placed in 'special measures' while major problems are being tackled. Today we spoke to a doctor who tells us racism at the organisation is 'endemic'.

It comes as the new Chairman of the Equality and Human Rights Commission says a failure to tackle deep-rooted race inequality will cause more and more divisions in our society.

Andy Dickenson reports and speaks to Dr Vivienne Lyfar-Cissé, Chair of the NHS BME Network.

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
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