STRUCTURE: Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust has received approval from NHS South of England for its 3Ts redevelopment programme.

The major £420m programme would see the Sussex County Hospital modernised, neuroscience services brought to Brighton alongside other regional specialties and a new oncology centre built.

The planning application for the work was approved in January by Brighton and Hove Council and will now pass to the Department of Health and finally the Treasury.

In his latest weekly message to the trust, chief executive Duncan Selbie said: “Following on from the unanimous approval of our planning application by Brighton and Hove City Council, the Outline Business Case has been approved by the strategic health authority for the South of England.

“The SHA sought and received the support of every NHS organisation in Sussex for this £420m investment, with each recognising the multiple benefits of having a modern and thriving teaching hospital. This is such a vote of confidence in our future.

“Our plans now pass to the Department of Health and we expect to have approval in May at which point the money for decant will be released.”