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.

You can keep using this website for information about St Richard’s, Worthing and Southlands hospitals but for our other sites and to find out more about the new trust please visit www.uhsussex.nhs.uk.

Information for GPs and optometrists


GPs and Optometrists referring patients for emergency or urgent appointments, are advised to first phone an Ophthalmology department for nurse triage or, if out hours, speak to the on-call Ophthalmology doctor.

Weekdays (Monday-Friday 8am-7pm)

Western Sussex Eye Care, Southlands Hospital –   Emergency and urgent referrals (nurse triage phoneline) 01903 205111 ext 83112

Ophthalmology Department, St Richard’s Hospital – Emergency and urgent referrals (nurse triage phoneline) 01243 788122 ext 33532

Out of hours (weekends, bank holidays and after 7pm on weekdays)

Phone Worthing Hospital switchboard 01903 205111 and ask for the Ophthalmology on-call doctor

Following clinical discussion, all referrals should be accompanied by a referral form emailed to one of the following addresses below as appropriate:

Emergency conditions (vision immediately threatened, patient requires same day appointment)

Urgent conditions (patients require appointment within 2 weeks, but there is no immediate threat to the vision)


Please DO NOT send patients to the Ophthalmology Departments without prior discussion, they do not provide a walk-in service.

For further information about identifying, treating and referring patients with ophthalmological conditions, please click on the link below:


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