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.

About the trust

Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust changed its name to University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust on 1 April 2021 when it completed the formal acquisition of Brighton & Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust.

The information on these pages covers the period before 1 April 2021 in which it was known as Western Sussex Hospitals. For information about the trust and its governance after this date, please visit uhsussex.nhs.uk.


Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust serves a population of around 450,000 people across a catchment area covering most of West Sussex.

The Trust runs three hospitals: St.Richard’s Hospital in Chichester, Southlands Hospital in Shoreham-by-Sea and Worthing Hospital in the centre of Worthing.

We became an NHS Foundation Trust on 1 July 2013, just over four years after the organisation was created by a merger of the Royal West Sussex and Worthing and Southlands Hospitals NHS trusts.

In 2016 Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (WSHFT) was rated as ‘Outstanding’ by the Care Quality Commission (CQC). At the time it was one of only three acute trusts in the country to receive the health watchdog’s highest rating by the Care Quality Commission.

Marianne Griffiths, the Chief Executive, was named chief executive of the year at the Health Service Journal awards in November 2016, and the top chief executive 2018 and again in 2019.

And in 2019 she was made Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire 

Click below to read or download the WSHFT Constitution


This section of the trust website holds a wide range of corporate documents, plans and other important information about our work and the way our hospitals operate:


To read more about our performance, the Trust Board and the Council of Governors, please return to the ‘your trust‘ section of the site.

Or click here for contact information

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