THE Chief Executive at the DGH has welcomed news Eastbourne will be getting a new hospital.

An announcement on Friday confirmed East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust’s inclusion in the Government’s hospital building programme.

Joe Chadwick-Bell, ESHT Chief Executive, said: “We are delighted to be part of the second phase of the Government’s Healthcare Infrastructure Project which will see a significant investment in Bexhill, Eastbourne and Conquest hospitals over the next 10 years.

“This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to transform the environment in which we provide care at ESHT.

“It will mean a complete redesign of our aging hospitals, taking advantage of new technologies and improvements in healthcare to ensure that we can meet the future needs of our communities.

“We have already received some funding to develop our plans and start some initial ‘enabling’ work.

“Our plans are in the early stages and we are looking forward to developing them further in partnership with local people, our patients and members of staff as part of our “Building for our Future” project”.