The Trauma Network
The Sussex Trauma Network Sussex Trauma Network covers a population of 1.6 million, from Rye in the East, to Chichester in the West, and north up to Crawley.
How the local network is structured
The Major Trauma Centre for Sussex is at Royal Sussex County Hospital, Brighton. Trauma
Units are at Conquest Hospital, Hastings, Worthing Hospital and St Richards Hospital
Chichester. There are two Local Emergency Hospitals at Eastbourne District General
Hospital and Princess Royal Hospital, Haywards Heath, which form an important part of the
Sussex Trauma Network pathways. There are two Trauma Units which sit just outside the
boundaries of the Sussex Trauma Network and do receive patients from within the Sussex
boundaries. These are at Pembury Hospital and East Surrey Hospital.
Pre Hospital Care is provided by the local Ambulance services.
The ground Ambulance service in Sussex deals with hundreds of thousands of emergency calls every year, and works in conjunction with all members of the Sussex Trauma Network, which as part of a comprehensive pre-hospital care service includes the Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance service.
Find out more about pre-hospital care services here
Trauma units and Trauma hospitals
Trauma networks have been established across the country in order to improve the level of care for patients. Each Trauma Network is centred around a Major Trauma Centre. In Sussex the Major Trauma Centre is in Brighton (Brighton and Sussex University Hospital). The Sussex Trauma Network also includes multiple Trauma Units, which in Sussex are at the Conquest Hospital in Hastings, Worthing Hospital and St Richards Hospital in Chichester.
There are also two Local Emergency Hospitals in Sussex that form part of the local Trauma Network; at Eastbourne’s District General Hospital and the Princess Royal Hospital, Haywards Heath.
The Major Trauma Centre, The Trauma Units and the Local Emergency Hospitals all provide different types of services, and more information can be found here
The Sussex Trauma Network is supported in providing rehabilitation in partnership with our local healthcare providers in acute, in patient and community settings. Initial management of your injury will be at our one of our acute centres:
The Major Trauma Centre (MTC) situated at Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton.
Trauma Units situated at:
Conquest Hospital, Hastings, East Sussex
Worthing hospital, Worthing, West Sussex
St Richards Hospital, Chichester, West Sussex
From our acute Trauma Units, our teams will work in partnership with you to design your rehabilitation pathway. This will be supported by a document called the Rehabilitation Prescription, which will be completed by your team and shared with colleagues who are involved in your rehabilitation. Find out more here.