15th March 2018

Sir Nicholas Soames: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what progress NHS Property Services is making on improvements to the NHS Estate in Crawley, Horsham and Mid Sussex constituency; and if he will make a statement.

Stephen Barclay, Minister of State for Health: NHS Property Services report on the progress on the delivery of major projects in Crawley, Horsham and Mid Sussex constituency as follows:

Crawley Hospital

- The £3.97 million Piper (Sub-acute) ward refurbishment at Crawley commenced in August 2016 and was completed in December 2016;

- The £4.53 million Urgent Care Centre refurbishment at Crawley commenced in early 2016 and, following some customer-requested design revisions and phasing changes, was completed in June 2017;

- Phase One of a £6 million Infrastructure project at Crawley, including fire protection enhancements, generator and chilled water upgrades, began in January 2016 and ended in March 2017. Phase Two of this project is currently in the early stages of design and is programmed to commence in Q2 2018; and

- A feasibility study and outline design for the relocation of the Child Development Centre was completed at the end of 2017. Our capital budget plans for financial year 2018/19 include £3.1 million allocation for this project.

Over the past 24 months over £12 million has been invested into Crawley by NHS Property Services, with a further investment of £6 million planned over the next 18 months.

Horsham Hospital

- The Musculoskeletal project, including works to the hydrotherapy and gym, completed in December 2016; and

- A £1.2 million, two-phase programme of works to roofs, heating and windows was completed in late 2017. A further package of external fabric and infrastructure works, expected to cost circa £800,000, is expected to commence in 2018.

Sidney West Primary Care Centre, Burgess Hill

An £800,000 programme of fitout works, including diagnostics, x-ray and consulting rooms, has been agreed in principle with the clinical commissioning group and prospective service provider. NHS Property Services has been negotiating with the landlords around consent for the scheme and hardstanding for an external (portable) MRI scanner for the past year. Negotiations are ongoing, and NHS Property Services have recently developed an alternative option for the scanner location. Assuming lease negotiations can be concluded in the next couple of months, we anticipate that works could start on-site in the summer of 2018.

Crawley Down Medical Centre

NHS Property Services is not the landlord for this Centre, but leases part of the overall building, and a general practitioner practice leases the remainder of the building direct from the landlord. NHS Property Services has led on discussions with the landlord’s managing agent, Workman & Partners, to ensure that the landlord is complying with their obligations for management and repair.

Newtons Practice, Haywards Heath Health Centre

NHS Property Services have made good progress with the development of a proposal to accommodate the Lloyds pharmacy in Haywards Heath – their current lease is ending in August 2018. NHS Property Services have agreed to extend the building to provide sufficient space for the Pharmacy to operate.

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