St Richard's Hospital

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St Richard's Hospital, West Sussex

Coordinates: 50°50′35″N 0°46′13″W / 50.8430°N 0.7702°W / 50.8430; -0.7702

St Richard's Hospital
Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Location Chichester, West Sussex, England, United Kingdom
Care system Public NHS
Hospital type District General
Affiliated university St George's, University of London
Emergency department Yes Accident & Emergency
Beds approx 400
Founded 1938
Lists Hospitals in England

St Richard's Hospital is a medium-sized District General Hospital (DGH) located in Chichester, West Sussex, England. It is now part of Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Originally built in 1938 and expanded during World War II the hospital is located to the north of Spitalfield Lane in the northeast of the city. It has approximately 430 beds, including six ITU beds, a high dependency unit and a maternity unit. There is an accident and emergency department. The Chichester Treatment Centre was recently opened which treats patients on a day care basis. The hospital has an NHS fertility clinic which also treats some private patients.[1] A new children's ward was opened in February 2011.[2]

The hospital has a staff of 2,500 and survived the threat of downsizing or closure as part of the NHS Strategic Health Authority's 'Fit for the Future' proposal which ended in 2009.

The original building at St Richard's Hospital was built in 1938–39 by West Sussex County Council. It had 194 beds for elderly and infirm people, but at the beginning of the war in 1939, the Government declared it an Emergency Medical Service General Hospital. By 1940, 10 hutted wards were added, taking the number of beds to 400.

In the post-war period, the Postgraduate Medical Education Centre opened on the hospital site in 1966 and in 1970 new accident and emergency, outpatient, x-ray and maternity departments were opened, and two additional operating theatres added.

Donald Wilson House, the hospital's neurological rehabilitation unit, opened in 1975 and two years later the hospital added its intensive care unit and coronary care unit.

In 1994, St Richard's Hospital attained NHS Trust status and became Royal West Sussex NHS Trust. The hospital then expanded quickly, with 1996 a significant year as the hospital unveiled its larger new building, containing wards, physiotherapy and theatres. The Trust was also awarded a Charter Mark for excellence in public service that year, in which the hospital's first intrauterine insemination (IUI) triplets were born.

Since then, the Trust has received many awards such as the UNICEF Global Baby Friendly Award in 1999 and the Top District General Hospital in the Sunday Times Good Hospital Guide in 2000. It has been named as one of the CHKS Top 40 Hospitals every year since 2001.

In 2004, a fundraising appeal raised £1 million for a new MRI scanner and the following year the hospital scanned its 1,000th person using the machine. In 2005 the Trust opened the Chichester Treatment Centre for short stay surgical procedures.

In 2008 the maternity unit was named as one of the best performing in the country, the hospital opened a dedicated children's area in A&E and received an excellent rating for environment, food, privacy and dignity from the National Patient Safety Agency, the Bariatric Service for obese patients won a NHS South East Coast Best of Health award in the category of 'dignity in care' and Donald Wilson House was replaced with a modern, environmentally-friendly building. Construction began on the new Cancer Day Unit, known as the Fernhurst Centre; this new building was made possible by a successful fundraising campaign which raised more than £3.5 million.

In October 2008, the Trust began plans for its merger with Worthing and Southlands Hospitals NHS Trust. The merger took place on 1 April 2009 and the three hospitals – St Richard's, Worthing and Southlands, in Shoreham-by-Sea, joined together to become Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Trust.

In July 2013 it became a Foundation Trust.

In April 2014 the maternity Unit at Worthing and St Richard's was awarded the prestigious 'level three' award for the Clinical Negligence Scheme for Trusts (CNST)[3] – effectively a recognition that staff deliver a service for mums which is considered to pose the lowest possible risk.

In 2014 the CQC reported that 'All standards were being met when we inspected the service.' These standards were as follows, Treating people with respect and involving them in their care, Providing care, treatment and support that meets people's needs, Caring for people safely and protecting them from harm, Staffing, Quality and suitability of management.

In 2016 Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (WSHFT)was rated as 'Outstanding' by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).[4] At the time it was one of only three acute trusts in the country to receive the health watchdog's highest rating.

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  1. ^ "Facilities and staff – Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Trust, St Richards Hospital". Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority. Retrieved 29 June 2011. 
  2. ^ "New Chichester's ward opens at St Richard's Hospital". Midhurst and Petworth Observer. 7 February 2011. Retrieved 29 June 2011. 
  3. ^ "MP praises safe maternity care – Western Sussex Hospitals". Western Sussex Hospitals. 15 April 2014. Retrieved 30 January 2017. 
  4. ^ "St Richard's Hospital". Retrieved 30 January 2017. 

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