SOME detail has now been put on what a new hospital will mean for Eastbourne.

The PM announced on Friday that Eastbourne is getting a new hospital.

But what does that mean?

The Building for our Future programme will transform the environment in which the hospital provides care for patients in East Sussex.

It will be a complete redesign of aging hospitals, taking advantage of new technologies and improvements in healthcare to ensure the future needs of our population are met.

The DGH says: “There will be no part of our hospital infrastructure left untouched.

“Our extensive plans over the next decade include significant refurbishment, and in some cases partial rebuilding, of our three hospitals in Bexhill, Eastbourne and Hastings.

“Alongside creating additional inpatient wards and improved parking facilities, our plans include expanding our emergency departments at Eastbourne and Hastings, improving access to cardiology and ophthalmology services, and redeveloping outpatient, theatres, endoscopy and diagnostic services.”

The massive new scheme is part of the PM’s agenda to “level up” the country after months of battling the coronavirus crisis.

The PM said : ““The dedication and tireless efforts of our nurses, doctors and all healthcare workers have kept the NHS open throughout this pandemic.

“But no matter what this virus throws at us we are determined to build back better and deliver the biggest hospital building programme in a generation.”

He told the BBC: “We’re building eight hospitals now but what we’re also saying is that we will fund 40 more between now and 2030…

“We’ve got fantastic NHS staff, wonderful doctors and wonderful nurses. What they need is the facilities to go with their skills and talents.”