Royal Sussex County Hospital

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Royal Sussex County Hospital
Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust
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Royal Sussex County Hospital main building
Location Brighton, East Sussex, England, United Kingdom
Care system Public NHS
Hospital type Teaching
Affiliated university Brighton and Sussex Medical School
Emergency department Yes Accident & Emergency
Beds 785
Founded 1828
Lists Hospitals in England

The Royal Sussex County Hospital is an acute teaching hospital in Brighton, England. Together with the Princess Royal Hospital (Haywards Heath), it is administered by the Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS 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 on 16 March 1826 by the Earl of Egremont, and the hospital was opened on 11 June 1828 as the Sussex County Hospital.[1] The Victoria Wing was added in 1839, and the Adelaide Wing in 1841. The Sussex County Hospital became the Royal Sussex County Hospital in about 1911.

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.[2]

The Jubilee Building was added to the hospital in 1887, the Sussex Eye Hospital (one of local architect John Leopold Denman's many Neo-Georgian buildings) in 1935,[3] and the Millennium Building in 2000. In 2005 the Audrey Emerton Building was opened by Baroness Emerton to accommodate clinical medical students of Brighton and Sussex Medical School. In 2009 there was a proposal to demolish the Barry and Jubilee buildings as part of a £300m redevelopment scheme.[4] On 1 May 2014, £420 million of public investment was approved for redevelopment works expected to start in late 2014 lasting until 2024.[5]


In October 1984 this hospital received the injured from the bombing by the Provisional IRA of the Grand Hotel where members of the Government were staying during the Conservative Party annual conference.

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 is responsible for the hospital, as "very disturbing images".[6]

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  1. ^ My Brighton and Hove - extract from the Encyclopaedia of Brighton by Tim Carder, 1990.
  2. ^ My Brighton and Hove - 1872 fire that almost destroyed the building by Harry Gaston
  3. ^ Antram, Nicholas; Morrice, Richard (2008). Brighton and Hove. Pevsner Architectural Guides. London: Yale University Press. p. 35. ISBN 978-0-300-12661-7. 
  4. ^ "£300m Brighton hospital scheme takes next step (From The Argus)". 2 August 2009. Retrieved 1 May 2014. 
  5. ^ HM Treasury and Department of Health. "Green light for investment in new hospital in Brighton - News stories". GOV.UK. Retrieved 1 May 2014. 
  6. ^ "Hospital care 'fails the elderly'". BBC News. 19 July 2005. 

Coordinates: 50°49′09″N 0°07′01″W / 50.81917°N 0.11694°W / 50.81917; -0.11694