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Works starts this week on new Urgent Treatment Centre

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A new Urgent Treatment Centre will bring improvements and expand A&E at the Royal Sussex County Hospital.

From Monday 20th September, work will start on a new Urgent Treatment Centre in front of A&E at the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton. It will help improve services for everyone who comes to the department. The new centre will focus on the care of patients who do not need to stay in hospital. It will increase the capacity in A&E for these patients and allow for better patient flow through all parts of the department. This new centre follows on from the opening of 9 extra cubicles in the main body of A&E to care for patients who are more critically injured or unwell.

As part of the project a new, dedicated patient drop off area has been set close to the department. 

Building the new Urgent Treatment Centre is vital to improving the service, but for a while the ambulance area outside the department will be very busy. NHS University Hospitals Sussex says "You can help to reduce congestion there by using the new, dedicated drop off area if you can" 

Traffic marshals will be on site 24 hours a day to direct drivers to the correct area. Ambulances will still bring patients to the front of A&E as normal. The route for patients arriving on foot will also be unchanged.

The Urgent Treatment Centre will be complete in the spring of 2022.

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