Royal Sussex County Hospital, Brighton

Brighton And Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust

The Delivery Suite

Contact & visitor information

You will be cared for by midwives with medical facilities and doctors on hand if you need them.

a medium unit


births from Apr 2017 to Apr 2018



Labour rooms available

  • Epidural
  • Birth pools available
  • Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)

Pain-relief options

  • Entonox (gas and air)
  • Diamorphine
  • Meptid
  • Morphine sulphate (Oramorph)
  • Pethidine
  • Remifentanil
  • Sterile water injections
  • Epidural
  • Birth pool
Find out more about pain relief during labour

Having a baby here

During labour and birth

  • If you arrive in the early stages of labour
    • When you're in established labour you'll be admitted to the labour ward
    • You'll be seen by a midwife who will check the progress of your labour
    • You'll be encouraged to go home
    • There's an area where you can be assessed
    • You can have a bath or use a birth pool if available
    • You can be admitted to the antenatal ward
  • Birthing rooms
    • 12 labour rooms
    • 3 Birth pool(s)
      • 0 Inflatable birth pool(s)
      • 3 Plumbed-in birth pool(s)
  • Birth partners
    • Although there is no limit of the number of birth supporters you can have, it can at times depend upon the midwife's discretion.
    • There are no restrictions on how many birth partners you can have.

Birth facilities

  • Aromatherapy service
  • Bean bags
  • Birth balls
  • Birth mats
  • Birthing couch
  • Dimmable lighting
  • iPod dock
  • Reclining chair
  • Supporting rope or sling
  • TENS machine
  • Hypnobirthing
  • Birthing stools
  • TV
  • Rocking chair

After you've given birth

  • Private postnatal rooms
    • Amenity rooms are available.
    • £150 for all side rooms
  • Provision for partners staying overnight
    • Partners can stay on the postnatal ward on a reclining chair
    • Partners can stay in a room with you on a reclining chair
  • Your stay after you've given birth
    • After you have given birth you'll be transferred to a bed in the postnatal area
    • Women who've had an uncomplicated birth usually stay for 4-24hours after the birth
  • Contact & visitor information

How many midwives will I meet?

The maximum number of different midwives you're likely to see for antenatal appointments is 4 and for postnatal appointments it's 3.

You will have a named midwife. If you live out of the hospital catchment area you will be looked after by midwives in your local area for antenatal and postnatal care and come to the hospital for consultant care if required and when you're in labour.

Find out about the benefits of knowing your midwife


* We’ve adjusted the data where it’s based on a small number of women to ensure confidentiality
Compared to the national average, women were:
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    Who can give birth here?

    • Catchment area
      • Women who live within the catchment area: Brighton and Hove or East Sussex.
      • You can give birth here even if you don't live in the catchment area

    Support services

    • Accessibility
      • Wheelchair access to the wards and delivery suite
      • Limited mobility: a larger room can be pre-arranged to allow wheelchair access. All delivery rooms have wet rooms.
      • Hearing problems: contact Sussex Interpreting Service on 0127 370 2005 (or 0781 145 9315 in an emergency).
      • Sight problems: an individualised care plan will be made for you.
      • Learning disabilities: contact Sussex Interpreting Service on 0127 370 2005 (or 0781 145 9315 in an emergency).
      • Autism spectrum: an individualised care plan will be made for you.
    • Interpreting service
      • Ask a member of the ward or contact Sussex Interpreting Service on 0127 370 2005 (or 0781 145 9315 in an emergency). We also use Vandu Language Services.
      • written information and leaflets in a variety of languages.
    • Specialist midwifery teams
      • Antenatal Screening
      • Bereavement
      • Diabetes
      • Infant feeding
      • Perinatal mental health
      • Substance misuse
      • Teenage pregnancy
      • Vulnerable women
      • Birth Stories service available.

    Women's experiences

    Reviews of this hospital

    Source: Care Opinion
    • Visit to maternity assessment unit

      I’ve just come back from the maternity assessment unit and wanted to praise the staff there. Lovely midwife and assistant. Really understanding and reassuring. Especially on a Sunday night! Amazing...

      by Anonymous, 05 Mar 2019

      Read on Care Opinion
    • Such an amazing experience

      After reading a few negative comments regarding the maternity services at Brighton I honestly can’t quite believe it. Having to visit triage on a few occasions I was always treated with care and...

      by Anonymous, 11 Aug 2018

      Read on Care Opinion
    Source: CQC

    Care Quality Commission (CQC) Maternity Services Survey 2015

    Scores are for the NHS Trust that this hospital is part of.

    • Labour and birth

    • Staff

    • Care in hospital after birth

    • Labour and birth


      About the same compared with other trusts

    • Staff


      About the same compared with other trusts

    • Care in hospital after birth


      About the same compared with other trusts

    General information

    • Tours
    • Non-NHS Care
      • Private maternity care isn't available here.
    • Breastfeeding accreditation
    • Neonatal care
      • Neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) provides special care for newborn babies in the local area and also for critically ill babies from the surrounding area who need the highest level of nursing and medical care.
    • Food for partners out-of-hours
      • Vending machine
    • Consultant presence
      • Consultants are on the ward 80.0 hours per week (47.6%)
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    • Contact information
    • How to book once you're pregnant
      Contact your midwife directly.
      Via your GP
      • Booking phone number: 0127 369 6955 ext. 4392
      • If in labour call: 01273 664793
      Book online
    • Outside space
      • There is no outside space available for women in labour
    • Visiting information
      • Visiting same as for postnatal ward
      • Partners and own children: 9am-9pm Other visitors: 3-8pm
    • Car parking for women in labour
      • Drop off at Accident and Emergency without a wait. Paid parking for long waiting times.
      • No special arrangements
    • Parking
      • £2.40 for less than 2 hours, up to £17 for 12-24 hours. You can obtain a week's permit at a reduced rate.
    • Temporary closures
      • Number of times this unit was closed between Apr 2017 - Apr 2018: 1
      • Reason for closure: 24hrs due to severe short term staffing shortages and capacity issues.
      • If this unit is closed when you go into labour you'll be asked to go to an alternative unit: The Delivery Suite
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