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Accident and emergency

If you have a serious injury or need urgent medical treatment; you may need to come into one of the two accident and emergency (A&E) departments we run at Western Sussex Hospitals.

You can help our busy A&E staff by considering whether your need for treatment really is urgent and whether it would be more appropriate for you to see your General Practitioner (GP) or speak to one of NHS Direct’s nurse advisors rather than come into A&E.

The NHS Choices website includes a guide to symptoms that will help you decide where best you should go for treatment.


A&E services are available at

  •  St Richard’s Hospital; Chichester
  • Worthing Hospital; Worthing

There are no A&E facilities at Southlands Hospital; in Shoreham-by-Sea.

St Richard's Hospital A&E



  • At St Richard’s; the A&E department is to the west of the main hospital entrance. There is a bus stop and short stay car parking outside. View map





Worthing Hospital A&E



  • Worthing’s A&E department also has its own entrance to the west of the main hospital reception. It is close to the main hospital car park and has drop-off spaces available outside. View map













Both A&E departments are modern; well equipped and led by consultant doctors seven days a week.

And despite seeing more than 110;000 patients a year between them; they have excellent records for keeping down waiting times in line with government targets.

Worthing has developed two ‘see and treat’ areas to offer faster treatment for minor cuts and injuries; and was one of the first A&E departments to introduce a dedicated physiotherapy service.

St Richard’s has a dedicated children’s A&E facility staffed by paediatric nurses between 9am and 9pm; enabling children to be looked after away from the main waiting and treatment areas.

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