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Children's hospital plan unveiled
Plans for the Children's Ark
The new building will be on the Royal Sussex County Hospital site
Plans for a new children's hospital in Brighton have been unveiled.

Work on the Children's Ark is due to begin in a few months time.

The facility will replace the Royal Alexandra Hospital which currently provides care for sick and ill children, but is situated outside the city centre.

The NHS Trust has said the new building, to be built on the Royal Sussex County Hospital site, will be bigger and much closer to other medical services.

'Specialised scanning'

Jo Trussler, from the Royal Alexandra Hospital, said: "Children that currently need specialised scanning have to go to the Sussex county site which is two-and-a-half miles down the road.

"Babies on the baby unit who need surgery have to come to the theatres here."

A planning application is to submitted for the new facility next week.

The hospital will be sited next to the accident and emergency department at the Royal Sussex County Hospital.

It will be funded through a private finance initiative (PFI) costing the NHS about 4m a year.

The old hospital is likely to be sold off for housing.

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