What we do

Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals (BSUH) is an acute teaching hospital working across two main sites:

  • Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton
  • Princess Royal Hospital in Haywards Heath.

The Brighton campus includes the Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital and the Sussex Eye Hospital.

We provide district general hospital services to our local populations in and around the Brighton and Hove, Mid Sussex and the western part of East Sussex and more specialised and tertiary services for patients across Sussex and the south east of England.

Both hospitals provide many of the same acute services for their local populations. In addition, the Princess Royal is our centre for elective surgery and the Royal Sussex County Hospital is our centre for emergency and tertiary care. Our specialised and tertiary services include neurosciences, arterial vascular surgery, neonatal, paediatrics, cardiac, cancer, renal, infectious diseases and HIV medicine. We are also the major trauma centre for Sussex and the South East.

We treat over three quarters of a million patients each year. Working as one hospital across two sites, and playing to the strengths of both, gives us the flexibility to develop services which meet the needs of our patients at different stages of their treatment and care.

Central to our ambition is our role as an academic centre, a provider of high quality teaching, and a host hospital for cutting edge research and innovation; and on this we work with our partners, Brighton and Sussex Medical School (BSMS) and the Kent, Surrey and Sussex Postgraduate Deanery, and our local universities.

We also work in close partnership with our local GPs to ensure that we are particularly attentive to the quality of our District General Hospital services, especially how well we look after our most elderly patients, and that these services are provided and improved in ways which best meet the needs of those patients and their families.

Services and sites

For a full list of our services, view the services directory. Below is a list of the key services provided at our main sites.

The services provided at the Royal Sussex County Hospital include:

  • Medicine includes elderly, dermatology, respiratory
  • Clinical infection service
  • Haematology/oncology
  • Trauma
  • Surgery including vascular, upper GI, complex urology, Gynae
    oncology, head and neck cancer
  • Renal services including dialysis
  • Cardiac services including cardiac surgery
  • Breast care services
  • Accident and emergency
  • Elective ophthalmology services
  • Maternity
  • Paediatrics and neonates including day case
  • HIV
  • Oncology, including haematology/oncology
  • Intensive care
  • Orthopaedics
  • Neurosciences including neurosurgery and neuro- intensive care

The services provided at the Princess Royal Hospital include:

  • Medicine, includes elderly, dermatology, respiratory
  • General elective surgery
  • Accident and emergency
  • Intensive care
  • Orthopaedics
  • Maternity
  • Rehabilitation

The services provided at Brighton General Hospital include:

  • Physiotherapy
  • Dermatology
  • Outpatients
We are registered with the CQC to provide services from:

  • Royal Sussex County Hospital (RSCH)
  • Princess Royal Hospital (PRH)
  • Lewes Victoria Hospital (LVH)
  • The Park Centre for Breast Care
  • Hove Polyclinic (HPC)
  • Bexhill Haemodialysis Satellite Unit
  • Brighton General Hospital (BGH)
  • Worthing Dialysis Satellite Unit (WDU)
  • Newhaven Ward (NHW)

NB. The Royal Sussex County Hospital campus includes the Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital and the Sussex Eye Hospital.