New Southlands build completed on time and budget
A brand new purpose-built centre for hospital eye care will be opening soon in West Sussex after a year-long building programme was completed on time and in budget this month.
Western Sussex Eye Care | Southlands will open on Tuesday 27 June following a three month commissioning period to make the new ophthalmology department at Southlands Hospital in Shoreham ready for patients.
Masoud Teimory, consultant ophthalmologist at Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust said: “There are very few brand new eye departments in the country built to such high specifications and we are very fortunate to receive £7.5 million investment for this complex project that sets us apart from other trusts in the region and beyond.
“Western Sussex Eye Care | Southlands will offer access to some of the very best ophthalmic assessment and surgical facilities in the country, matching our other excellent facility at St Richard’s Hospital in Chichester.”
The building has been specifically designed to enable one of the trust’s busiest specialties to meet rising demand and deliver high quality eye care while improving the hospital experience for ophthalmology patients.
For example, the design facilitates the introduction of new ‘one stop’ clinics to reduce the number of multiple hospital attendances for thousands of patients with common eye conditions such as cataracts, glaucoma and age-related macular degeneration.
Western Sussex Eye Care | Southlands also provides more spacious and accessibility-friendly facilities compared to the current Ophthalmology Department at Worthing Hospital which relocates to the new unit in Southlands Hospital in June.
Chief executive Marianne Griffiths (pictured top) said: “Three years ago we made the difficult decision to sell part of our Southlands estate for redevelopment, in order to provide all our inpatients with access to 24-hour A&E and emergency care services at Worthing and St Richard’s hospitals.
“At the time, we made a pledge to ring-fence the proceeds from this sale to reinvest into Southlands Hospital, and the development of our new eye care service marks the fulfilment of that promise.”
Now the main building works have concluded a programme to expand car parking provision at Southlands Hospital is underway.