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Trauma and orthopaedics

What we do

We care for patients with disorders of the bones, muscles or joints. We provide outpatient fracture care, elective (planned) orthopaedic surgery and trauma (emergency) surgery.

The Royal Sussex County Hospital is the adult major trauma centre for the south east coast. We provide specialised care for severely injured patients from Chichester in the west towards Hastings and parts of Kent in the east.

We receive patients directly from the scene of injury or from trauma units and A&E departments across the region. Patients have immediate access to diagnostic and treatment facilities, including blood transfusion, CT scans and emergency operating theatres.

We host the Sussex Trauma Network, which develops and provides care pathways for patients across Sussex.


At the Royal Sussex County Hospital, we provide trauma surgery, major trauma care and acute admissions.

At the Princess Royal Hospital and the Sussex Orthopaedic Treatment Centre, we provide elective surgery and rehabilitation.

Physiotherapy (pre- and post-surgery)

The physiotherapists at the Sussex Orthopaedic Treatment Centre provide specialist physiotherapy for patients undergoing a wide range of planned (elective) orthopaedic surgery procedures. We treat patients post-operatively after both day surgery and inpatient surgery. We may also see some patients pre-operatively for advice, assessment and education.

Our main role is to help restore mobility and function following your surgery. If you have had surgery on you lower limb(s) we may practice mobility tasks with you – for example; teaching you how to walk or climb stairs following your surgery, this may involve you having to learn how to use crutches or other walking aids if necessary. We will give you advice about how to manage your symptoms post-operatively and teach you any exercises which are specific to aiding your recovery. We will also make arrangements for ongoing physiotherapy (if this is needed) following your discharge from our care. This will be provided in your local area.

Our friendly, dynamic team are dedicated to improving our service and enhancing the patient experience, so we welcome any feedback from patients.

We provide a 7 day service to our patients. Our normal hours of work are:

8.30am – 7pm Monday-Friday.

8.30am – 4:30pm Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays.

How to contact us


01444 448711 1st floor, Princess Royal Hospital

01273 523174 Level 8, Millennium Wing, Royal Sussex County Hospital

01444 441881 extn. 8830 Sussex Orthopaedic Treatment Centre, Princess Royal Hospital

01444 448735 1st floor, Princess Royal Hospital

A 43-bedded unit providing specialist care for patients who have sustained a fractured neck of femur. The unit also accommodates patients who require scheduled complex orthopaedic treatment.

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