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 Direct 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
Worthing Hospital A&E
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.
- Find out more about what happens when you come in to A&E
- Find out more at NHS Direct about when to use A&E services