Accident and Emergency

Level 6 Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital

  • Telephone: 01273 696955 Reception 2364
  • Fax: 01273 523123
  • Nurse Consultant: Jason Gray
  • Paediatric Emergency Nurse Practitioners: Tracie Kendrew, Josephine Nandzo, Alexandra Owen
  • Advanced Paediatric Nurse Practitioners: Kelly Owens
  • Consultant Paediatricians: Dr Oli Rahman, Dr Geetha Fonseka, Dr Cath Bevan, Dr Michaela Lazner,
    Dr Kamal Patel, Dr Susannah Pawley, Dr Emily Walton, Dr Leonie Perera
  • Manager of Children’s Emergency Department: Jill Forrester
  • Lead Medical Consultant: Dr Catherine Bevan

The Children’s Emergency department on Level 6 of The Royal Alex hospital (see map) is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Spacious facilities also include six observation beds and comfortable waiting and play areas.

In an emergency, dial 999 and ask for an ambulance.

Our consultant-led service provides a fast and flexible response to requests from parents/carers concerned about a child’s injury or illness that is not appropriate for care by a GP. The department also accepts referrals from primary care clinicians who require specialist opinion by a paediatrician. With a six-bedded observation unit adjacent to the emergency department, we are well equipped to treat emergency conditions and monitor children for up to 23 hours.

How to refer:

Primary care clinicians can refer a child to the paediatric team by contacting the Paediatric Medical team on 01273 696955 bleep 8688 (this is the Royal Sussex County Hospital switchboard). Acute surgical complaints can also be referred to the Paediatric surgical team who are also accessible via the switchboard on 01273 696955.

Our Children’s Emergency department is staffed by a dedicated team of registered children’s nurses, six emergency paediatric consultants and a team of paediatric emergency nurse practitioners supported by a nurse consultant. See staff profiles

Nurse practitioners have underdone formal and clinical training so they can assess and manage a wide variety of children’s illnesses and injuries. They also provide direct services related to health promotion and disease prevention.

On arrival to the Children’s Emergency department your child will be thoroughly assessed by an experienced children’s nurse and care will be given according to the severity of illness or injury.

Your child may then be referred to the Urgent Care Centre. This is situated at the front entrance of the Emergency Department at the Royal Sussex County Hospital site and is staffed by experienced General Practitioners who manage childhood illnesses on a daily basis. If the General Practitioner is unhappy to discharge your child then he will refer your back for a further assessment by a Paediatric Specialist.

If you have called an ambulance, the paramedics will assess your child and then decide if they require immediate medical assistance on arrival at hospital. In a life-threatening emergency or serious injury your child will be received by the paediatric emergency team in the resuscitation area of the main Royal Sussex County Hospital emergency department.

If your child is deemed to be well enough and does not require immediate medical intervention, they will be transferred through the main internal link corridor of the Royal Sussex County Hospital into the Children’s Emergency Department. There is insufficient space for ambulances to park directly outside the children’s hospital.

Our Emergency department team will do their utmost to provide the best possible care for your child. Let us know any questions or concerns you may have.