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Essential maintenance work at Lewes ICU

Date: 27 June 2022

Essential works to upgrade the heating system at Lewes Victoria Hospital’s Intermediate Care Unit (ICU) are taking place this summer.

The heating system at the ICU, which is run by Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust, is outdated, unreliable and needs upgrading. This essential work has been delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic and NHS Property Services, who own the building, recommend that it is carried out as soon as possible to prevent ongoing issues in the future.

Upgrading the heating system will provide an improved environment for care, for both patients and staff, as we move into the winter months.

Lewes ICU has 26 beds divided equally into two wings. To keep disruption to a minimum, the works will be carried out on one wing at a time, with the wing being temporarily unavailable for admissions while work takes place.

Work is scheduled happen over the summer, to reduce impact on the wider local NHS system, and will start on Monday 27 June. We expect it to take approximately 16 weeks.

The safety and wellbeing of our patients is our top priority, and we will do everything we can to keep disruption to patients, their families and visitors, to a minimum. There will be no impact on car parking or access to the open ward and communal areas, including the garden.

Staff will speak to patients on the ward at the time work begins, and their families, to keep them updated and explain what is happening.

Clear signage will also be in place around the hospital notifying visitors of the work taking place.

We are sorry for any inconvenience this work may cause.

If you have any questions during your visit to the hospital, please speak to a member of staff.