Staying overnight

The Alex makes provision for parents/carers/guardians who would like to stay close to their children overnight. The majority of inpatient beds for children and young people within the Alex have beds for parents to rest or sleep on next to their child.

There is additional accommodation for parents with children being treated at the Trevor Mann Baby Unit.

On-site accommodation for longer stays

The Ronald McDonald Charity also provides secure on-site parent accommodation. This is free to parents, carers or guardians and is accessible for a minimum duration of a three-day stay and there is no maximum time period set for parents, carers or guardians to stay. Due to the high demand for the accommodation, priority is given to parents who have a greater distance to travel from home to the Alex, however Brighton parents may be able to use the facilities if accommodation is available.

The Ronald McDonald facility has a range of single, twin and three-bedded family bedrooms, all with en-suite bathroom facilities. There is also a kitchen where parents can store, prepare and cook their own food as well as a shared dining room and laundry room.

Parents of premature babies being cared for in the Trevor Mann Baby Unit which is located in the Royal Sussex County Hospital can stay in the Ronald McDonald accommodation located on Abbey Road, opposite the main hospital site. Glen Court has eight comfortable single, twin and three-bedded family rooms, all with en-suite bathrooms, a telephone to the hospital and lift and stairs access. Parents have their own food storage space in the large kitchen, and can share the spacious lounge and laundry facilities.

To find out more about the Ronald McDonald accommodation, please contact Martin Coatsworth on telephone number 01273 571507 or email

All accommodation is sponsored by the Ronald McDonald House Charities. If you are interested in donating to the Brighton house charity, then contact Martin on the details above or go to, mentioning the Brighton house.