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Princess Royal Hospital

Princess Royal Hospital

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Lewes Road
Haywards Heath
West Sussex RH16 4EX

+44 (0)1444 441881


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How to get to us

Journey planner

Click here to plan a journey to the Princess Royal Hospital

By bus

Metrobus: 270, 271, 272

The Sussex Bus: 30, 39, 40X

The 271 and 272 bus services run between the Princess Royal Hospital and Royal Sussex County Hospital. This service is free to patients carrying an appointment letter for the date of travel. You can view the timetable online

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 station. The station is on the London to Brighton line with frequent trains.

Regular buses run to the hospital from Perrymount Road, which is a two minute walk from the station. Turn right from the front entrance, follow round to the right and cross the road to the bus stop.

Patient transport service

This service is available for patients who are unable (for medical reasons) to use public or private transport.

Click here to view details of the Patient Transport Service


Map of hospital site

Click here to view a map of the Princess Royal Hospital site

Click here to view directions to wards and departments within the site


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



This hospital has an A&E department.

Please help keep our emergency department free for emergencies. Click here for alternatives to A&E 



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.