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Clinical Photography

What we do

We provide a clinical photography service for a range of specialties. We run outpatient clinics in our studio and photograph patients on wards and in a variety of clinics.

The clinical photography team at the Clinical Media Centre (CMC) produces a wide range of images including clinical photography, public relations, staff portraits, medico-legal and adult and paediatric safeguarding photography.

All the team are qualified clinical photographers. They are registered with The Academy for Healthcare Science (AHCS) and abide by the Institute of Medical Illustrators (IMI) code of conduct.

What to expect

When you come to the clinical photography department the photographers will explain the procedure to you and ask for your consent to be photographed. You may be asked to remove any make up and/or jewellery. Depending upon which area of the body needs to be photographed you may also be asked to remove some clothing.

We make every effort to maintain our patients’ dignity but it is important that we photograph your clinical condition as accurately as possible with the minimum of distraction.

The photographer will explain which aspects of your condition we want to photograph and show you how you need to sit or stand in order to help produce anatomically correct medical records.

If you feel uncomfortable at any time or wish to have a chaperone present please tell the photographer.

Why do we take clinical photographs?

Clinical photographs are taken to help doctors, other health professionals and patients to monitor and diagnose various conditions. They are also used as part of the treatment planning process alongside other tests such as x-rays, scans and blood tests, or for educational purposes and publication if the right consent is received. All images taken are digital and securely stored, so that only medical staff can view them.

The clinical photographers also photograph medico-legal cases in the studio. The photography requests are usually dealt with and arranged through your solicitor. Our experienced photographers can provide photographic evidence for your court case.

Preparing for your appointment

Clinical photography appointments have to be booked in advance. Please phone our reception to book a slot.

Please bring your appointment letter and the ‘patient photographic request form’ with you to your appointment. Our department is based in Sussex House, down the road from the Royal Sussex County Hospital. When you arrive at the entrance to Sussex House you will notice blue arrow stickers on the floor. Please follow the arrow to the clinical photography department. See instructions below on how to get to the department.

During COVID-19 period:

  • Do not attend if you have a high temperature, loss of smell or taste, or a new continuous cough
  • Please sanitise or wash your hands before entering the photographic studio
  • Wear a mask or face covering
  • Come alone (unless under the age of 16 years old or require a career or translator) so we can better manage social distancing
  • Don’t be early or late, please be on time so we can manage the number of people

Further Information

Please see the links below for other information that may be interesting:


Our studio is based in Sussex House, 2nd Floor, 1 Abbey Road, Brighton BN2 1ES


01273 696955 Ext. 64319

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