Millions invested in health organisations across Sussex

Health organisations in Sussex will receive more than £21m of funding to improve services locally it has been announced.

Sussex Health and Care partnership, which brings together health and care organisations in Sussex, submitted a number of bids to the Government’s Targeted Investment Fund.

It was announced Friday that as a result the system will receive £21.2m to progress those projects.

The money will be spent on a range of initiatives from more beds in hospitals, including in critical care, to new technology including CT scanners and robotic surgical assistants and initiatives to drive down waiting lists and improve the process of discharging people from hospital.

Adam Doyle, CEO Designate of Sussex Health and Care Partnership, said: “We are working really hard in Sussex to continue to keep people safe from COVID through our vaccination programme, to treating those with COVID in our hospitals and other settings.

“However, at the same time we are determined to support and treat people for conditions that are not COVID related who may have been waiting longer than we would have liked because of the pandemic. Beyond that we aim to transform and develop our services in new and innovative ways to ensure people in Sussex get a health and care system that meets their needs. Investment like this, targeted to the improvements we’ve identified locally, will help us to do this in a really effective way.”

The money announced today is part of £700 million targeted investment nationally and is aimed at supporting health and care systems as they respond to the rise in need due to COVID and winter.

In Sussex the money received will be used to fund improvements that will help tackle waiting lists and improve care, including:

Queen Victoria NHS Foundation Trust will create a Theatre module to replace existing non-elective theatre capacity. They are also using some of the new funding to improve the provision of care for those with long-term conditions through investing in technology at their community diagnostic centre.

East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust will be upgrading their Da Vinci Robot – a robotic tool used for surgery, will invest in an additional CT scanner and create two laminar flow theatres, designed to reduce infection risk for orthopaedic surgery, and more.

University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust will undertake renovation of outpatient department, provide additional hospital beds, implement improvements to the management of urgent care, and a new theatre module.