STRUCTURE: The last remaining patients at one of Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Trust’s hospital sites are being moved this week into new facilities, marking the end of a service redesign programme.

Around 30 patients will move from the Harness Block at Southlands Hospital to a new £8m clinical block at Worthing Hospital.

They will be the first inpatients to be cared for in Worthing Hospital’s new Barrow and Beacon wards, which are designated for older people. The wards are on the first floor and have a combined total of 38 beds, of which 10 will be in en-suite single rooms.

The transfer of patients represents the end of the trust’s Service Redesign for Quality initiative.

Under the scheme, all inpatients are to be centralised at Worthing Hospital, while Southlands Hospital is developed as a centre for outpatient care and ophthalmology services.

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