Our vision for the future as the best surgical hospital in the country
Queen Victoria Hospital provides outstanding care and has an international reputation for specialist reconstructive surgery. We also provide important services for local people in East Grinstead and the surrounding areas. We have wonderful modern operating theatres but we also have some ageing buildings put up during and immediately after World War II, some of which were intended to be temporary but are still in use today.
Our vision for the future of one of the best surgical hospitals in the country includes:
Creating new specialised surgical wards and critical care facilities alongside our operating theatres
At the moment we move patients between our wards and operating theatres down a long public corridor. This does not give patients the privacy we would want and it can be cold in winter.
Providing outpatient clinics closer to the car park at the front of the site, so that patients can find their way to appointments more quickly and easily
Currently most outpatient appointments are in a rented modular building. We believe we could make better use of tax payers’ funds for the NHS if we were providing services from permanent buildings with lower running costs and maintenance bills.
Providing better space for our staff to relax and have meals when they are on a break
At the moment many staff eat in their offices and our staff room for people working in our operating theatres is too small for the size of the team.
Travel and making our hospital more environmentally friendly
We would like to create more parking on site: our patients come from across the south east and we are aware of the impact on our neighbours in surrounding residential streets. We are also keen to improve green transport options for staff and visitors.
The sale of some land could help fund some of our vision for the future and could provide homes for local people including nurses and other key workers. Our woodland could be given to a charity dedicated to its preservation.
Soil samples and ground water levels
In early January 2020 contractors will be taking some soil samples using a boring machine which can go down ten meters and opening a small number of one meter deep pits which will be left open for a while to assess ground water levels. These will all be filled in when we have the necessary information to inform the design needed for the foundations of any future buildings on this land.
Keep up to date
In October 2018 we held a well-attended drop in for local people where we were able to show people our plans using a model of the hospital site. To keep people informed we produced an update (January 2019) which you can read here. If you want to be on our email list for updates please email your contact details to firstname.lastname@example.org.
August 2019 update: We are continuing to progress the potential sale of unused land belonging to the hospital at the north west of our site, adjoining Oakfield Way. This land has been allocated for development in the Council’s Local Plan and East Grinstead Neighbourhood Plan. The hospital has ambitious plans for the future, and sale of this land would support some of the important, life-changing work that we do.
We have been working with Mid Sussex District Council planning authority and are currently completing the ecological surveys that are needed before we can make a submission for planning permission.
We feel that we have a duty to get best value for this land, to support the work of the hospital now and in the future. Our expertise is in delivering excellent care, not development projects. We are therefore exploring the options of selling the land before or after planning permission has been granted and we have invited expressions of interest from potential purchasers. You can see this at the Savills website.
We expect to be able to provide a further update in the new year (2020).
Our Vision information sheet (January 2019 update)
Download a copy of our information sheet outlining our vision for the future of QVH
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Best for patients:
We were judged by patients as one of the best hospitals in the country in the most recent national inpatient survey.
Low infection rates:
QVH has one of the lowest rates in the country for hospital acquired infections and scored 9.5 out of 10 for the cleanliness of wards in the most recent national inpatient survey.
Respecting your privacy:
QVH scored 9.8 out of 10 for being given enough privacy when being examined or treated in the most recent national inpatient survey.