Accident and Emergency

Level 6 Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital

  • Telephone: 01273 696955 Reception 2364
  • Fax: 01273 523123
  • Paediatric Emergency Nurse Practitioners: Alex Owen, Josephine Nandzo, Tracie Kendrew, Paul Thacker, Hannah Witt, Darren Baldwin
  • Advanced Paediatric Nurse Practitioners: Kelly Owens
  • Consultant Paediatricians: Dr Catherine Bevan (Clinical Director for Children’s Services), Dr Emily Walton (Lead for Children’s Emergency Department), Dr Michaela Lazner, Dr Leonie Perera, Dr Geetha Fonseka, Dr Kamal Patel, Dr Oli Rahman, Dr Susannah Pawley
  • Ward Manager for Children’s Emergency Department: Charlie Rumary
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Our department at the Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital is one of only 5 stand alone paediatric emergency departments in the UK. We are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Our department is staffed by a team of paediatric nurses, paediatric emergency nurse practitioners, consultant paediatricians, advanced paediatric nurse practitioners and junior doctors. On each shift, we also have health care assistants, a mental health liaison team (0900-1800h), secretarial, administrative and reception staff, domestic and portering staff.

Every day, approximately 70-120 children up to age 16y with illness, injuries and mental health problems are seen and treated in our department. This includes referrals from local GPs and children referred from other hospitals to one of our specialist teams.

We have a sensory room and qualified hospital play specialists (Monday to Friday), that help children and young people to have a more positive experience in hospital. We provide normal and specialist / therapeutic play opportunities for children and young people of all ages in hospital, individually or in groups.

Attached to our department is our short stay unit where children can stay with their parents if a period of observation is required. We have room for only one parent to stay and we limit admissions to this unit for up to 24h.

As well as our daily clinical work, our department is actively involved in research and is an active member of the Paediatric Emergency Research in the United Kingdom and Ireland (PERUKI) group. This group brings together clinicians and research staff who share the vision of improving the emergency care of children and young people through high quality multi-centre research.

What to expect on arrival

On arrival, after registration, your child will be assessed by a triage nurse who will determine the nature of your child’s illness or injury and how urgently they should be seen. All children are treated based on clinical priority and not arrival time.

Depending on the presenting complaint, your child will be seen by either a doctor, Advanced Paediatric Nurse Practitioner or Paediatric Emergency Nurse Practitioner. If appropriate, your child may be referred to the out of hours GP service which is situated in the main fracture clinic near to the front entrance of the Royal Sussex County Hospital on Eastern Road. The GP service is staffed by experienced GPs who manage childhood illnesses on a daily basis. If the GP is unhappy to allow your child home, then he or she may refer your child back to our department for further assessment.

Primary Care

Primary care clinicians can refer a child or young person to the department by sending them directly with a detailed referral letter. If the clinician would like to discuss the child or young person in advance, then he or she can contact the paediatric medical team on the dedicated GP hotline on 01273 523134.

Children with acute surgical or orthopaedic illness or injury should be referred to the Paediatric Surgery or Paediatric Orthopaedic teams who may be contacted vis the hospital switchboard on 01273 696955.


Our department is on Level 6 of the Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital which is situated on the main campus of the Royal Sussex County Hospital.

Our address is:
The Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital
Eastern Road

Telephone: 01273 696955
Reception extension: 2364
Fax: 01273 523123