Royal Sussex County Hospital

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Royal Sussex County Hospital
Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust
Royal Sussex County Hospital, Eastern Road, Brighton (July 2015) (2).JPG
The hospital seen in 2015
Royal Sussex County Hospital is located in East Sussex
Royal Sussex County Hospital
Shown in East Sussex
LocationEastern Road, Brighton, East Sussex, England
Coordinates50°49′09″N 0°07′01″W / 50.81917°N 0.11694°W / 50.81917; -0.11694Coordinates: 50°49′09″N 0°07′01″W / 50.81917°N 0.11694°W / 50.81917; -0.11694
Care systemNational Health Service
Affiliated universityBrighton and Sussex Medical School
Emergency departmentYes - Major Trauma Centre
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The Royal Sussex County Hospital is an acute teaching hospital in Brighton, England. Together with the Princess Royal Hospital, it is administered by the University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust. The services provided at the hospital include an emergency department, cancer services at the Sussex Cancer Centre, cardiac surgery, maternity services, and both adult and neonatal intensive care units.


The main building was designed by Charles Barry, who was later architect for the Houses of Parliament, and is still called the Barry Building. The foundation stone was laid by the Earl of Egremont on 16 March 1826, and the hospital was opened as the Sussex County Hospital on 11 June 1828.[1] The Victoria Wing was added in 1839, and the Adelaide Wing was opened in 1841. The Sussex County Hospital became the Royal Sussex County Hospital in about 1911.[2]

On New Year's Day 1872, a fire broke out on the top floor of the Adelaide Wing of the hospital, in Ward 6. Initially this fire threatened to destroy the building, but the efforts of volunteer firefighters and a detachment of the 19th Hussars saved the building.[3]

The Jubilee Building was added to the hospital in 1887 and the Sussex Eye Hospital (one of local architect John Leopold Denman's many Neo-Georgian buildings) opened in 1935.[4]

In October 1984, after the Provisional IRA bombed the Grand Hotel where members of the Government were staying during the Conservative Party annual conference, the hospital received many of the injured.[5]

In 2005 an episode of the BBC investigative programme Panorama featured secretly filmed material taken by a nurse and an undercover journalist. The programme highlighted serious failings in the standards of care and procedures and showed scenes that were described by the Chief Executive of the Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust, which was responsible for the hospital, as "very disturbing images".[6]

The Millennium Building was completed in 2000 and the Audrey Emerton Building, built to accommodate clinical medical students of Brighton and Sussex Medical School, was opened by Baroness Emerton in 2005. In 2009 there was a proposal to demolish the Barry and Jubilee buildings as part of a £300m redevelopment scheme.[7] On 1 May 2014, £420 million of public investment was approved for redevelopment works starting in late 2014 and expected to last until 2024.[8]

The three-stage project to replace some of the oldest NHS buildings was expected to cost £485 million when it was approved, but by 2021 was significantlt delayed and over budget. The first stage covers more than 30 wards and departments, the second stage will be a new cancer centre and the third a new service yard, now expected to be completed in 2026.[9]

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  1. ^ Carder, Tim (1990). "My Brighton and Hove". Encyclopaedia of Brighton. Retrieved 14 September 2018.
  2. ^ "Royal Sussex County Hospital, Brighton". National Archives. Retrieved 14 September 2018.
  3. ^ Gaston, Harry. "My Brighton and Hove - 1872 fire that almost destroyed the building". Retrieved 14 September 2018.
  4. ^ Antram, Nicholas; Morrice, Richard (2008). Brighton and Hove. Pevsner Architectural Guides. London: Yale University Press. p. 35. ISBN 978-0-300-12661-7.
  5. ^ "BBC ON THIS DAY - 12 October - 1984: Memories of the Brighton bomb". BBC News. Retrieved 14 September 2018.
  6. ^ "Hospital care 'fails the elderly'". BBC News. 19 July 2005. Retrieved 14 September 2018.
  7. ^ "£300m Brighton hospital scheme takes next step". The Argus. 2 August 2009. Retrieved 1 May 2014.
  8. ^ HM Treasury and Department of Health. "Green light for investment in new hospital in Brighton - News stories". GOV.UK. Retrieved 1 May 2014.
  9. ^ "Exclusive: Hospital rebuild more than two years behind schedule". Health Service Journal. 11 August 2021. Retrieved 26 September 2021.

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