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Princess Royal Hospital

Princess Royal Hospital

This page will provide you with key information about the Princess Royal Hospital.


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Contact us

How to get to us

Map of where we are

Map of hospital site

Directions to wards and departments

Visiting times



Do we have an A&E department? YES

Should I go to A&E? Click here for further information

Contact us

Lewes Road
Haywards Heath
West Sussex RH16 4EX

+44 (0)1444 441881

How to get to us

Click here to plan a journey to the Princess Royal Hospital

By bus

There are several bus services which stop outside the hospital site on Lewes Road.

For details please contact:

For travelling between hospital sites, there is the 40X bus service that runs between the Princess Royal Hospital and Royal Sussex County Hospital sites on an hourly basis. This service is free to patients carrying their appointment letter. 

Please note, the date of the appointment must be the same as the date you are travelling.

For more information about this service visit the Metrobus website.

By train

The nearest train station is Haywards Heath and the hospital is 30 – 40 minutes walk, some of which is moderately uphill. Taxis are normally available at the Railway Station. The station is on the London to Brighton line with frequent trains.

Click here to view details of the Patient Transport Service


Map of where we are

Click here to view a map of the location of the Princess Royal Hospital.

The map is provided by Google Maps UK and you can use the same link to get directions to and from the hospital.


Map of hospital site

Click here to view a map of the Princess Royal Hospital site. The map shows the main hospital buildings and includes locations of:

  • Bus stops

  • Cafe/Restaurants

  • Public toilets

  • Onsite parking

  • Main reception

  • Main lifts and stairs


Visiting times

Visiting times for most wards are 3.00pm-8.00pm. There are some exceptions such as maternity and ITU.

Click here for more information about hospital wards and contact details.



On the Princess Royal Hospital site the main car parks for patients and visitors are as follows:

  • Car park 1 - Opposite the main entrance this also contains 16 disabled bays with a further 6 disabled bays immediately opposite the main entrance.

  • Car Park 2 - Situated immediately adjacent (west) to the main hospital building.

  • Car Park 4 - Situated behind the main hospital building.

These three car parks are pay-on-foot; take a ticket to enter and when ready to leave pay at the machine, return to your vehicle and use the ticket to exit the car park.

There is also a considerable amount of pay and display parking on the roads by Hurstwood Park Neurological Centre and along Colwell Road. 

The parking charges are the same as those at the Royal Sussex County Hospital site and apply to all users (including disabled badge holders).

The charges are as follows:  

Time parked

RSCH tariff

PRH tariff

Less than 2 hours



2 - 4 hours



4 - 6 hours



6 - 12 hours



12 - 24 hours



Over 24 hours

£18.00 plus the appropriate tariff above for the excess time parked

£18.00 plus the appropriate tariff above for the excess time parked


Free parking on both sites in short stay drop off and pick up bays (20 minutes only) and for motor cycles and pedal cycles.

Concessions are available for Cancer Centre patients, patients who are in hospital for a long period and their relatives and carers.  Parking is free for specific patient groups such as those undergoing regular dialysis.

Income from car parking charges is re-invested in the management and maintenance of the Trust’s car parks and in green travel plan initiatives, including the 40X bus inter-site service between RSCH and PRH, cycle loans and bus pass loans for staff.

Disabled parking is available across the site. Click here for a map of disabled parking



The Princess Royal Hospital in Haywards Heath, West Sussex, is situated in the heart of Mid Sussex.

In 1859 the Sussex County Lunatic Asylum (later 'St. Francis Hospital' and now the Princess Royal Hospital opened and the asylum, along with the railway, became the area's biggest employer housing well over 900 patients.

In 1841 the first railway link between London and Haywards Heath was opened, giving rise to a new period of growth and prosperity, centred on the railway which brought new residents and business to the town.

Part of St. Francis Hospital was renamed the Princess Royal when the Cuckfield and Haywards Heath hospital moved into new buildings in the grounds of St. Francis in the 1980s.

This hospital provides a full range of general acute services, A&E and a Maternity Unit and works in clinical partnership and interdependently with the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton.