The Special Care baby Unit (SCBU) is part of the Princess Royal Hospital.
It is in the 2nd floor of the main building, accessed from Lewes Road, Haywards Heath, RH16 4EX.
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
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.
On-site pay-on-foot car parks
Car park 1: Opposite the main entrance, includes 16 disabled bays.
Car park 2: Situated immediately next to (west of) the main hospital building. 20 minute drop-off only.
Car park 4: Situated behind the main hospital building.
On-street pay-and-display bays
There is pay-and-display parking along Colwell Road.
Parking is currently free on the roads by the Hurstwood Park Centre, Downsmere and in the 6 disabled bays immediately opposite the main entrance. This is a temporary arrangement while we await an upgrade to the parking meters.
Charges for pay-on-foot car parks
Less than 4 hours: £2.00
4 – 6 hours: £4.00
6 – 24 hours: £5.00
Over 24 hours: £18.00 plus the appropriate tariff above for the excess time parked
NB. Our machines are currently unable to accept the new £1 coin. As a result, payment must be made at the main reception desk from 6am to 9.30pm, Monday to Friday, and at the entrance to Car Park 4 from 6am to 6pm, Monday Friday. Outside of these times the car park exit will be open to allow exit.
Charges apply to all users (including disabled badge holders).
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 initiatives, including the inter-site bus service between RSCH and PRH.
Visiting times are after morning ward round until 9pm.
Your baby’s brothers and sisters are welcome to visit, but please do not bring any other children under the age of 16 years as they will not be allowed onto the unit. We do not encourage visitors after 8pm in order to allow your baby to rest and grow.
Anyone who is unwell should not visit as the babies are extremely vulnerable to infection.
Information regarding your baby will not be given to relatives over the telephone.
We would ask you not to look at, approach, or ask questions about other babies on the unit to respect their privacy. In the same way, we will ensure that other visitors/strangers are not given information about your baby when they ask.
As with ward rounds, we urge you to appreciate and respect the need for confidentiality and privacy of each family during your stay on the unit.
As you know, hand washing is very important to reduce the spread of infection in small vulnerable babies. We ask all visitors to wash their hands with soap and water when entering and leaving the nursery.
We also ask you to remove all jewellery including watches, bracelets, bangles and rings (except your wedding ring) and to keep your valuables with you.
To further avoid the risk of infection, you should roll up your sleeves to the elbows before washing your hands and we advise you to avoid long, painted or false nails as this also risks infection.
You will find alcohol gel at the side of each cot and we ask you to apply this after hand washing and every time you go to your baby.
Toys and gifts
Due to the risk of infection, toys are not permitted within incubators or around the bedspace of babies who are nursed in incubators. Once your baby is nursed in an unheated cot, you may bring in one small machine washable toy if you wish.
Celebratory balloons, flowers and banners are not permitted on the neonatal unit. Mobiles should not routinely be used as they can obstruct staff who may need to treat babies in an emergency. Occasionally, a mobile may be recommended by a play therapist or physiotherapist for older babies
Please feel free to take photographs, or to video your baby, as much as you want to. It is very important you capture the early days of your baby’s life, and babies are not disturbed by the flash. We will give you a couple of digital photographs soon after your baby’s admission to the unit.
Notebook or diary
Some parents find it helpful to keep a written record of the events, milestones and feelings that you experience during your baby’s hospital stay.
We have a large selection of baby clothes, so you do not have to provide these. If you wish to bring your own clothes, please make sure that you label them clearly with your baby’s name. We will provide a laundry bag at the end of the incubator/cot for your baby’s dirty clothes so you can take them home to wash. Clothes and bedding should be washed at 65 degrees during their stay on the neonatal unit.
We provide nappies, cotton wool and cotton buds for the first few days of your baby’s stay. We would ask you to supply these after this time. Your nurse will advise you on which size to buy.
There is a small coffee shop on the ground floor near the entrance and a restaurant on the second floor. Please ask unit staff about opening times and directions.
Spiritual needs and support
The hospital has a team of chaplains who are available at any time to provide spiritual support to anyone, irrespective of their denomination or faith. If you would like the support of your own minister or religious representative, please let us know and we can endeavour to contact them.
Baptism and/or blessing
You may wish to have your baby baptised and blessed or have another religious ceremony, while your baby is with us on the neonatal unit. If you would like us to arrange this, please speak to the nurse looking after your baby.
If you have a problem that you would like to discuss with a social worker, please ask the nurse looking after your baby to arrange this.
Reduced cost hospital parking permits for one week or one month are available. Please ask a nurse and they can provide you with the necessary documentation required to obtain one of these permits.