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Crawley Hospital surgery theatres receive £2.6 million upgrade

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Four surgery theatres in the Crawley Hospital’s Red Wing have been refurbished, modernising the space to enhance the patient experience and to improve the working environment for the hospital’s staff. The Surrey and Sussex NHS Healthcare Trust (SaSH) benefitted from £2.6 million investment by NHS Property Services (NHSPS).

The theatres have been fitted with Uninterruptible Power Supplies (UPS), also known as back-up systems to ensure that surgery can continue in the event of a power outage.  They have also been made fully fire compliant with fire zoning, ensuring better fire resilience.  Fire and smoke safety systems were also upgraded to provide additional monitoring and physical compartment separation in the event of a fire.

In addition, new LED and power saving light fittings were installed, replacing the background lighting; technology that is over 20 years old. New medical gas and duplex pumps were also installed, reducing operating costs for the NHS as a result of the energy saved by upgrading the technology used in the space.

NHSPS worked with West Sussex Estates partnership and Morgan Sindall Construction to enhance the space and deliver the works to a high standard in a short timeframe to mitigate the impact on patient care in the complex.

The teams overcame the challenges brought about by undertaking the project during the pandemic, with design and construction running parallel as all parties worked tirelessly with SaSH to complete the upgrade.

Ian Booth, Principal Operations Change Manager at NHSPS said:

“It’s truly inspirational how dedicated the construction team and clinical staff on the ground were, working as one team to make sure the project was delivered quickly and to a high standard. It took 16,000 man-hours in 4 months, which equates to eight years of work for one person!”

Michael Wilson CBE, Chief Executive, Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust said:

“We’re thrilled with the outcome of the project and know that our upgraded theatres will help to improve the patient experience and the work environment of our staff. It’s fantastic that we can optimise our facilities for our patients and staff while simultaneously creating cost savings which can be invested back into the NHS. We look forward to working together on the next set of improvements for Crawley Hospital.”

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‘Please come forward with information no matter how small’ Police appeal as E-Fit of attempted rape suspect released

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Police have released an E-fit image of a man sought in connection with the attempted rape of a 17-year-old girl in Crawley.

Between 7pm and 7.15pm on Tuesday (March 9), the teenager was walking her dog along the pathway from Overdene Drive towards the tunnel that runs underneath the A23 and follows on to Quantock Close.

She turned around before the end of the tunnel and walked back along the path to Overdene Drive. As she did so, she crossed paths with a man who grabbed her and attempted to rape her.

The victim was able to break free and shout for help, causing the man to flee the scene in the direction of the tunnel. The victim is being supported by specialist officers. 

The man was described as white, in his late teens to late 30s, 5’ 9” to 5’ 10”, with dark eyes, short dark coloured hair and short dark stubble. He spoke with an eastern European accent and was wearing dark clothing.

Investigating Officer Detective Inspector Allana Hughes said:

“We are appealing for anyone who recognises this man, or anyone who witnessed the sexual assault or any suspicious behaviour at this location around the time of the incident, to make contact with us.

“We would particularly like to hear from people who were in Quantock Close, The Dingle or surrounding roads around this time or anyone who may have dashcam, ring doorbell or CCTV footage which might have captured the suspect fleeing the scene.

“We have increased our patrols in the area and have been conducting house-to-house enquiries alongside investigating any potential lines of enquiry.

“Please come forward to us with any information which you think could help our investigation, no matter how small.”

Information can be passed to Sussex Police online or by calling 101 quoting Operation Stockbridge.

Alternatively, people can get in touch anonymously via the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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