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If your child has a disability or an ongoing medical condition, you may be regular visitors to our local hospitals. Here we give advice about making the best of medical appointments and hospital stays.

Key treatment centres in Brighton & Hove

Royal Alex Children's HospitalBrighton and Hove’s two main hospitals are the Royal Sussex and Brighton General, both to the east of the city. Local A&E services. maternity services, the Trevor Mann Baby Unit and the Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital are all based on the Royal Sussex site. The Seaside View Child Development Centre is based at Brighton General and your child may be assessed and receieve ongoing services and support there.

The Royal Alex is the local children’s hospital where many children are diagnosed as having certain medical/clinical conditions. The consultants at the hospital have their own specialist areas, for instance in the treatment of asthma, diabetes and epilepsy, but will hold joint clinics alongside visiting specialists from hospitals such as Guy’s and Great Ormond Street, to get a clearer picture of your child’s needs and to plan a programme of treatment. Occasionally, your child might be referred to a hospital outside this area which specialises in your child’s condition.

Children with ongoing eye or ear problems might go for their regular checks to the Alex, but they may be seen at the Sussex Eye Hospital or at the County.

Chailey Heritage School, near Lewes, offers wide ranging and highly specialised services for children with complex needs.

Children with psychological or psychiatric problems will be seen at by the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS). There are no psychiatric inpatient facilities for children or adolescents in Brighton & Hove; local children go to Chalk Hill in Haywards Heath for this type of care.

It is your child, it is not the doctor’s child, and if you don’t like the way they’re bandaging him or they’re doing something that you know will upset your child – even though all the other children with that syndrome are bandaged in that way – you say so, you negotiate.
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