Western Sussex Hospitals have joined up with Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals to form a new NHS Foundation Trust for our area: University Hospitals Sussex.

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#NHS70 Then & Now

Tuesday June 26, 2018

As the 70th anniversary of the NHS approaches, the trust is celebrating by looking back and recognising just how far we have come since 1948 in a series of Then & Now posters and social media posts.

Follow the @westernsussex Twitter account or like the trust’s Facebook/westernsussexhospitals page to join in, share your own thoughts, memories and comments or post your own Then & Now reflections using the hashtags #NHS70 and #WSHT.

New posts are going live every day and on Thursday 5 July large team pictures from each hospital will crown the campaign with as many Western Sussex taking part as possible.


Bringing the ‘outside in’ was a big part of the children’s daily hospital routine in 1948. Children were often in hospital for weeks at a time without their parents. Today we involve parents, carers and their children far more in the decision that affect their care. And some of our day surgery kids even get to drive the world’s smallest Rolls Royce to theatre. #NHS70 #WSHT Rolls-Royce Motor Cars


Queen Elizabeth II was still a princess when she paid her first visit to Worthing in May 1951. In 2018 HRH the Countess of Wessex officially opened our ophthalmology unit in Shoreham which offers some of the best ophthalmic assessment and surgical facilities in the country.


70 years ago women enjoyed a lying in period for 10 days after giving birth and spent hours away from their babies. Today, most women go home within hours, are rarely separated from their baby and can benefit from water births, hypnobirthing and specialist neonatal care. #NHS70


70 years ago carrying out an X-ray was considered cutting-edge practice. Today, imaging is an essential diagnostic tool and we have two MRI and four CT scanners, more than 20 static and mobile X-ray machines, numerous ultrasound scanners, two nuclear medicine cameras and two new interventional radiology suites – all doing many hundreds of thousands of tests a year. #NHS70


In 1948 British-born student nurses practised skills such as bed-making, bed-bathing and bandaging in the classroom. Today, highly-qualified nurses join us from all over the world, with clinical skills and expertise learned through practical experience caring for patients #NHS70


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