New plans for Crawley Hospital

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jpco-3-10-12 Crawley Hospital (Pic by Jon Rigby) ENGSUS00120120110143516

Plans for new services and improvements to Crawley Hospital have been discussed.

Members of West Sussex’s Health and Wellbeing Board, which includes doctors, volunteers and county councillors, were given an update on Crawley Clinical Commissioning Group’s Five Communities Plan on Thursday.

Sue Braysher, chief operating officer of the Crawley CCG, said they were working on plans for a new sub-acute ward at Crawley Hospital, offering services for rehabilitating patients who do not need to be in an A&E hospital.

A business case is also being prepared on proposals to change the hospital’s ‘front door’ to better link up with the minor injuries units at the Queen Victoria Hospital in East Grinstead and Horsham Hospital.

The project might also see more space for the Urgent Treatment Centre and more paediatric services.

The CCG has already launched a new musculoskeletal service, which sees an MRI scanner at Crawley Hospital two days a week.

She added: “Really we have got to re focus back on what do we need to provide in terms of commissioning and what our patients needs are.”

The Five Communities Plan was launched in conjunction with the Horsham and Mid Sussex CCG last year to get residents’ input on planning the future of health services in the area.