Patients will be able to take advantage of a new £2.5m unit at Eastbourne District General Hospital after a contract was signed for building work to begin.
The hospital’s Pevensey Unit will house a new oncology suite with an expanded day unit and will offer new treatment facilities.
A new in-patients suite will include 11 side rooms with ensuite facilities which aims to offer patients more privacy and dignity.
One of these rooms will be a dedicated adolescent room fitted out by the Tuesday O’Hara Fund. Two new spacious light and airy three bedded bays will provide more space for patients and staff. The new unit will encompass the existing footprint of Pevensey Ward and the footprint of Wilmington Ward, therefore doubling it in size. Overall, the new unit has more bedrooms with ensuite facilities, more treatment areas, space and toilets facilities.
The Friends of Eastbourne Hospital have collected more than £500,000 towards new equipment and enhancements for the new unit.
Darren Grayson Chief Executive said: “It is great news to finally be able to sign the contract for building work to start. The development of a new Pevensey Unit has been a priority for the Trust and although it has taken more time than we wanted the expanded new unit will offer a superb environment for the treatment of patients. It marks part of our continued investment into Eastbourne DGH. I would like to thank The Friends of Eastbourne Hospital for their support in this project and their forbearance in getting to this point.”
Dr Richard Grace Consultant Haematologist said: “This is great news for our patients. The new unit will be much larger than our previous unit and offer our patients a much improved overall experience. Most importantly, we will be able to provide our patients increased privacy and dignity with 11 en-suite single rooms compared to our current five single rooms.”
Dr Joel Newman, Consultant Haematologist said: “With contracts now signed the team on Pevensey Unit are really excited that building work will start very soon on our new unit. We will soon be able to treat our patients in a modern spacious environment better designed for modern day cancer care.”
Peter Nash, Chairman of The Friends of Eastbourne Hospital said: “I am very pleased contracts have now been signed and building work will start very soon. This project has been a long time coming but very soon we will have a superb new unit for local cancer patients. There is no denying that progress to this point has been frustrating and I would like to thank everyone for their patience.”