Brighton. The City & Royal Sussex County Hospital

Brighton is the nearest city on the south coast to London, known for its historical pier and relaxed lifestyle. The largest hospital in Brighton is Royal Sussex County Hospital, with the busiest A&E department in Sussex and attachments to Sussex Eye Hospital and the Royal Alexandra Children's Hospital.

About Royal Sussex County Hospital

RSCH is the largest hospital in Brighton, seeing 25% of emergency department visits across the University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust. It has 565 beds and works alongside other care facilities in the trust for a total of 830 beds.

The hospital has grown with new wings and buildings over the centuries, originally designed in the 1820s by Charles Barry (the same man who later built the Houses of Parliament).

The new Louisa Martindale building opened in 2021 with 28 wards and departments in a gleaming 11-story tower. You'll find spacious new procedure rooms, comfortable multi-bed bays, and wards with stunning sea views.

What makes the Royal Sussex County Hospital stand out from other hospitals in the UK is its wide range of specialities, including:

  • Neurosciences.
  • Infectious disease treatment.
  • HIV medicine.
  • Cancer treatment.
  • Renal treatment.
  • Neonatal and paediatrics care.

The CQC (Care Quality Commission) has rated the hospital as Overall Good, with Outstanding ratings in Caring and Services for Children and Young People and Good ratings in the Safe, Effective, and Well-led categories.

With its comprehensive services, excellent reputation, and brand-new facilities, the RSCH could be the perfect place to take your nursing career to the next level. And you'll get to live in the vibrant seaside city of Brighton too!

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Life for Nurses in Brighton

Brighton offers nurses a vibrant seaside lifestyle with convenient transport links. The city centre is walkable, and buses run frequently. National cycling routes weave along the beachfront and into the Sussex Downs, and you can take advantage of Brighton's public bike share scheme for an easy ride.

The nearest train station to RSCH is Brighton station, with the 37B City Buzz bus taking you directly there. Bus route 7 runs to the hospital from stop A at the front of the station up to every 6 minutes.

Several neighbourhoods are ideal for hospital staff. The Lanes put you steps from boutique shops and restaurants in the city centre. Kemptown's beachfront location near bars and clubs attracts young professionals.

Outdoorsy nurses will love Brighton's seaside location. The pebbly beach stretches for five miles and has space for seaside strolls or water sports. The lush grounds of the Royal Pavilion, a former royal residence, also make for relaxing free time.

The Palace Pier arcades and rides have entertained visitors since 1899, and just 1 mile from downtown, Preston Park hosts events like the Marathon and Pride Festival.

Coworkers can bond over fish and chips on the beach or browse the Lanes' colourful antique shops. Churchill Square shopping centre is the biggest shopping complex around, with top brands and dining options.

Fun Facts About Brighton

Brighton's iconic seaside bandstand dates to 1884, making it the oldest in the country.

The Brighton Palace Pier stretches over 1,760 feet long, equivalent to over 85 miles of planking!

Open since 1872, the Sea Life Centre in Brighton is the world's oldest operating aquarium. It's home to over 3,500 creatures.

In 1974, Brighton hosted the Eurovision Song Contest, where ABBA took the top prize with "Waterloo." The competition took place at the Brighton Dome.

With the most vegetarian eateries in the UK, Brighton has more restaurants per capita than anywhere else - 1 for every 250 residents!

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