A ground-breaking ceremony has taken place in Bexhill to mark a significant milestone in the development of a new mental health hospital. The forthcoming Combe Valley Hospital, located on Mount View Street, is set to open its doors next year and aims to provide modern and high-quality care for individuals whose needs exceed what can be provided in the community.
The hospital, which will have a total of 54 beds, is an important undertaking for the Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (SPFT), representing the largest project the trust has embarked on in recent years. Not only will the facility offer a safe and therapeutic environment for patients, but it will also provide an exceptional workplace for staff members.
Combe Valley Hospital will offer individual bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms, departing from the dormitory-style accommodation previously available at the Department of Psychiatry at Eastbourne District General Hospital. The name of the hospital was chosen collaboratively by both staff and patients, ensuring a sense of ownership and inclusivity.
Stephen Lightfoot, Chairperson of NHS Sussex, expressed the organization’s dedication to supporting individuals in need of mental health care. He emphasized the significance of the new hospital as a crucial component of the mental health improvements being implemented in Sussex. This development aligns with the integrated care strategy of health and care services in the region.
As the Combe Valley Hospital takes shape, it represents a substantial step forward in addressing the mental health needs of the community. The modern and high-quality facilities will not only provide the necessary care for patients but also create an optimal environment for healthcare professionals to deliver their services. With the completion of this project on the horizon, the future looks brighter for mental health care in Bexhill.