Multi-million pound vision for Southlands Hospital
The vision for Southlands Hospital to become a centre of excellence for eye-care has been confirmed as part of Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust’s Strategic Plan 2014-19.
The Plan, approved by the Trust Board on July 3, confirms the redevelopment of Southlands Hospital in Shoreham-by-Sea as a centre for walk-in patients, or ambulatory care.
At the heart of the services to be provided will be a new state-of-the-art Ophthalmology Unit, undertaking outpatient, diagnostic, cataracts and other day-case surgical procedures.
The Ophthalmology Unit will be situated in the R&R block at Southlands, the main clinical building which remains on the site.
The capital investment required, estimated to be between £4M and £5M, will be part funded from the proceeds of the sale of the Harness Block, adjacent to Southlands Hospital.
A decision to move inpatient care out of the Harness Block was taken in 2011, and was driven by Trust clinical teams felt that it was no longer right to be caring for frail patients miles away from the specialist care available at Worthing Hospital (such as the Intensive Care Unit and High Dependency Unit) that they would inevitably sometimes need.
The last remaining wards were closed more than two years ago, and patients are now being cared for in modern purpose-built wards in an acute setting at Worthing Hospital.
The Trust is in the process of marketing the Harness Block, with the prime objective of maximising sale revenue in order to reinvest it to improve services for patients.
In addition to a new state-of-the-art Ophthalmology Unit, Southlands Hospitals will continue to provide a wide range of outpatients, diagnostic facilities and therapeutic care for patients.
The Strategic Plan also raises the potential for other services to be provided from the R&R building, particularly those which are already provided by the Trust, but do not need to be co-located with other services offered at Worthing Hospital and St Richard’s.
Inpatient ophthalmic surgical procedures will be carried out at St Richard’s Hospital in Chichester and Worthing Hospital ophthalmology services will only be transferred once works at Southlands are complete.