"Ridiculous Position"

About: Royal Sussex County Hospital

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Bighton's County Hospital is situated in the most ridiculous position. It takes ages to get through the traffic in Brighton to reach the hospital. Once there, there is nowhere to park and the car park is always full. Why are the trust investing millions in expansion programmes for this site, when it would be better and probably more cost effective, to sell the site off for prime building development and housing, utilising the financial assets from the sale to build a new hosital which is situated somewhere you can get to such as Patcham on the A23? Furthermore, you have to be fit to visit this hospital because it's on top of a hill and the likelihood is, the only place you can get parked is at the bottom; And don't bother catching a train because the station is on the opposite side of the city and involves walking at least an hour to get there! The situation is ludicrous and defies belief.

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Response from Royal Sussex County Hospital

Thank you for your comments. I was sorry to learn of your unhappiness with the location of our hospital and do hope the following information is helpful to you. Following a government led review in 1991 it was decided that the Royal Sussex County Hospital would remain on the Eastern Road site. This decision was followed up with a significant programme of investment which included remedial works on the Barry Building, the re-cladding of the Thomas Kemp Tower, the building of the Millennium Wing, the construction of the Renal Unit and the multi-storey car park and most recently the opening of the new Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital. With this level of on-site investment there was no way to make a sound case, either clinically or economically, to move the hospital. You can find out more about transport services to, and further plans for the redevelopment of our hospitals by visiting the 3T's page on our website.

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