Health hub and homes for Brighton General Hospital site

Brighton General Hospital (Photograph: {http://www.geograph.org.uk/profile/36675|Paul Gillett}/Creative Commons Licence))
Brighton General Hospital (Photograph: {http://www.geograph.org.uk/profile/36675|Paul Gillett}/Creative Commons Licence))

NHS bosses backed an ‘ambitious plan’ for a new health hub and homes on the site of Brighton General Hospital.

The Elm Grove site – which was a Victorian workhouse in the 1860s before becoming an NHS hospital in 1948 – looks set to be revamped for a new, modern development.

The move was backed by the board of the Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust (SCFT) this afternoon (October 25).

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Siobhan Melia, chief executive of SCFT, said: “This ambitious plan is a once in a lifetime opportunity to ensure that the local NHS and community services in particular can meet the changing needs of local people. I want to thank the many hundreds of patients, staff and members of the public that have been in touch with us to help shape this project.”

The board agreed to move forward with plans for a new ‘health hub’, with much of the rest of the site earmarked for homes. The Trust said the listed buildings at the site are set to be retained and redeveloped for housing.

The Trust, which provides NHS community, mental health, rehabilitation and outpatient services, said the hospital was ‘unfit for purpose’. Many of its clinical and back office teams would be rehomed at the new hub, the Trust said.

The latest scheme comes after plans for a secondary school at the site fell through earlier this year.

While the Trust is set to move ahead with detailed design work, the proposals are still subject to the approval of clinical commissioners, the NHS regulator NHS Improvement, and Brighton and Hove City Council.