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Royal Sussex County Hospital

Royal Sussex County Hospital

This page will provide you with key information about the Royal Sussex County 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

Eastern Road
Brighton BN2 5BE

+44 (0)1273 696955

How to get to us

Click here to plan a journey to the Royal Sussex County Hospital

Pay-and-display car parking is available on site however this is over-subscribed and long waits are common. There is limited short-term on-street pay-and-display parking in the vicinity of the hospital, however we recommend that you use public transport if at all possible.

By bus

There are several bus stops that serve this site on Eastern Road.

1, 1A, 7, 14B, 14C, 23, 37, 37A, 37B, 40X, 47, 52, 57, 71, 73, 94A, N7 all stop outside the hospital. Bus times can be obtained from Brighton and Hove Bus Company on 01273 886200 or online by clicking the links below.

Brighton bus times

For real time bus information click here

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 to the hospital is Brighton Station. From outside the station you can catch a bus (see details above) or get a taxi. There is a taxi rank directly outside the front of the station.

Click here to view details of the Patient Transport Service

By car: directions from M23

  • M23 to A23 to the outskirts of Brighton – follow signs for the town centre/seafront until the fire station on your left at Preston Circus.
  • Turn left at the fire station into Viaduct Road, turn right at the traffic lights at the top and follow the road down.
    Bear left at the traffic lights and right into Grand Parade.
  • Head towards the seafront until you see a sign directing you left to the Royal Sussex County Hospital. Turn left into Edward Street.
  • Continue up the hill, passing the American Express building on the left, through one set of traffic lights. This brings you into Eastern Road. Continue along Eastern Road, passing the Gala Entertainment Centre and then Brighton College on your left.

The main entrance to the hospital is on the left hand side of the road.

Disabled parking bays are available in the car parking areas.


Map of where we are

Click here to view a map of the location of the Royal Sussex County 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 Royal Sussex County 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.



The parking facilities available are as follows: 

The multi-storey car park is situated on the North Access Road which is accessed from Bristol gate third entry on the left travelling up Bristol Gate (immediately after the A & E entrance).  

This car park is a pay-on-foot car park. 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 multi-storey has 20 disabled bays located on Level 6 which gives direct access into the hospital and 6 dedicated renal bays for regular renal patients. 

There are 4 drop off/pick-up bays located next to the multi-storey car park (these are primarily for the use of parents/guardians dropping children off for the Royal Alexandra Children's Hospital). 

There is limited access to the A&E forecourt with 4 drop-off bays and 2 disabled bays.

At the front of the main hospital site there is a pay and display car park for patients and visitors only - this has 12 disabled bays outside the Physiotherapy Department (Latilla building) and 5 disabled bays by the car park entrance.  

Please note car parking charges apply to all users, including disabled.

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.

Charges for staff permits are unchanged.


The Royal Sussex County Hospital was known as the Sussex County Hospital from 1828, the year it was built, until around 1911 when the name was changed.

The Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton was originally built in 1828 and was designed by Charles Barry (1795-1860), hence the name of the main building being the Barry Building. He later became the architect of the Houses of Parliament.

The Jubilee Building was added in 1887 and the Millennium Wing was added in 2000.

It also houses the new Audrey Emerton Building, a medical education centre and library where 3rd and 4th year students are based. It was opened by Baroness Audrey Emerton in 2005.

The hospital provides general, specialist and tertiary services, including Cancer Services (Sussex Cancer Centre), Cardiac (heart) Surgery, Maternity Services, Renal (kidney) Services, Intensive Care for Adults and Intensive Care for new born babies.