The Regional Centre for Neurosciences is currently located at the Princess Royal Hospital in Haywards Heath.
The building is more than 70 years old and was originally designed to be an Admissions Ward to relieve overcrowding at the Sussex Asylum. In recent years demand for neuroscience services has increased substantially and the existing facility does not have enough theatres or beds to accommodate this. Currently, a proportion of local patients, who could be treated locally, have to travel to London for their treatment.
The need to move the service to Brighton was agreed in 2004 as part of the ‘Best Care, Best Place’ public consultation.
Moving the Regional Centre for Neurosciences to a new, purpose-built facility in Brighton will allow expansion of the service, increasing the number of inpatient beds and providing three neurosurgical theatres instead of the current two. This will mean approximately 350 more patients every year will be treated locally within Sussex instead of being referred to hospitals in London.