THE Department of Psychiatry, currently based at Eastbourne DGH, is being replaced with a new inpatient facility in Bexhill.

The new 54-bed facility is set to be built near Mount View Street in Bexhill by March 2024, at a cost of around £46 million.

Dr David Warden, clinical chair of the East Sussex CCG governing body, said: “Our plan to build a new hospital in Bexhill enables us to remove out-dated dormitory accommodation at the Department of Psychiatry and replace it with individual bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms for all our patients.”

He added: “This means that people with serious mental health problems will receive high-quality care in modern and safe accommodation which preserves their privacy and dignity and provides the best therapeutic environment.”