Update on WSHFT/BSUH Merger

Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (WSHT) and Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust (BSUH) are proposing to become one trust in April 2021.
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Bringing together the best of both trusts together, the new organisation will invest in innovation and expertise to make Sussex a leader in healthcare excellence.

WSHT and BSUH have been working together under a shared leadership for nearly four years. In April 2017, the trusts entered into a joint-management contract.

Since then, BSUH has become the fastest improving acute hospital trust in England and is now rated Good overall and Outstanding for caring by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

WSHT reached new heights too. In October 2019, the trust became the first non-specialist acute hospital trust in to be awarded Outstanding in all the CQC’s key inspection areas.

A new trust

The new trust would run five hospital sites and employ around 20,000 staff, caring for 1.8 million people in Sussex, with a budget of £1.2 billion.

The main hospitals are in Brighton, Haywards Heath, Worthing, Shoreham and Chichester, with numerous patient services also run from satellite sites and community settings.

The trust would cover all West Sussex, Brighton and Hove and East Sussex for trauma; and all East Sussex, Brighton and Hove and areas of West Sussex for cancer and neuro-surgery.

Around a million patients in Brighton and Hove, West Sussex and parts of East Sussex would be served by the trust’s district general hospital services.

The scale of the new organisation and its combined resources would provide a number of significant benefits for patients, public and staff.

Read more about the merger here

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