The hospitals we support

We are the official fundraising arm of the Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital in Brighton along with the Trevor Mann Baby Unit. We also support many other NHS hospital settings throughout Sussex.

The Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital

The Brighton Hospital for Sick Children first opened in a private house on Western Road in Hove in 1868.

After outgrowing this small site, the famous Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital for Sick Children was built on Dyke Road, eventually opening it’s doors to new patients in 1881. Over the years the hospital became a Brighton institution, with it’s site constantly developing to support the changing needs of the families it supported.

In 1968 The Centenary Appeal Fund was launched marking the beginning of the charity that would lager become Rockinghorse Children’s Charity.

Sadly, after over 125 years the NHS realised that the old building was no longer able to adapt to the practice of modern medicine and so the difficult decision was made to look for another site. However, there was a real determination that the spirit of the Dyke Road building would not be lost and it’s traditions and standards of care should carry on in the new hospital.

So, in June 2007, the new Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital, within the site of the Royal Sussex County Hospital, opened its doors to children across Sussex and beyond.

The state-of-the-art facility offers pioneering paediatric care and provides inpatient facilities, including intensive care, and outpatient care, and a dedicated Children’s Emergency Department, for children across the whole of the South East.

Over 45,000 young patients are treated at the Alex every year and we work closely with our Champions at the hospital to make sure we are providing equipment and services which will most benefit the babies, children, teenagers and NHS staff who need them.

In recent years we have worked with the Alex to develop a new Gastro-Intestinal (GI) Nutrition Unit, launched a dedicated Children’s Emergency Department and opened a brand new Sensory Garden to provide additional outside space for young patients and their families.

Visit the Alex’s official website

The Trevor Mann Baby Unit

The Trevor Mann Baby Unit (TMBU) is based within the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton and is a specialist department for the care of premature and sick new-born babies.

Founded by Dr Trevor Mann in 1970, the TMBU has become one of the foremost centres for treating premature and sick new-born babies and has dramatically improved survival rates.

Over 600 babies are treated at the unit every year and we work closely with the TMBU team to support them by providing the vital equipment they need for their life-saving work.

We continue to support the TMBU with ongoing developments in neonatal care, so if you would like to donate towards our support of the TMBU, please click here to go to our dedicated Just Giving fundraising page.

Visit the TMBU website

The Special Care Baby Unit

The Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU), in the Princess Royal Hospital in Haywards Heath, cares for premature and sick new-born babies requiring short term high dependency care.

SCBU is the sister-site of the Trevor Mann Baby Unit in Brighton, and both provide specialist neonatal care with shared consultants and paediatricians.

Over 250 babies are treated at SCBU every year and we are support the unit by helping to improve facilities and provide equipment they need to provide high quality neonatal care.

Visit the SCBU website

Chalkhill Hospital

Chalkhill Hospital is a specialist mental health hospital for children and young people up to the age of 18, based on the Princess Royal Hospital site in Haywards Heath.

The service, which is provided by Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, offers mental health treatment and support for young people who are experiencing acute mental health and emotional difficulties, such as depression, eating disorders and psychosis.

We fund a specialist Activities Programme at the hospital provides the therapeutic benefit of meaningful and enjoyable activities for the young people to take part in during their stay.

Visit the Chalkhill website


Bluefin Ward Worthing

Bluefin ward is a general children’s ward based in Worthing Hospital to treat children from birth to 18 years old.

The ward has 22 beds including a six bed bay, separate cubicles, four of which have there own bathroom, and a HDU room for observation.

The ward cares for a wide range of patients from those with mental health issues, breathing problems, broken bones, infections, ear, nose and throat operations to children with more complex needs.

The team also has a children’s day unit based on the ward which looks after children coming in to be reviewed by doctors, for bloods and diagnostic scans.

Along with the clinical areas, Bluefin also has a large playroom and teenage room to give patients somewhere to relax away from their hospital bed.

Visit the Bluefin website

Howard Ward St Richard’s Hospital Chichester

Howard Children’s Ward is a general paediatric ward based within St. Richards Hospital in Chichester. The unit covers the area of West Sussex including  Chichester, Bognor, Littlehampton, Selsey, Midhurst, Billingshurst, Pulborough, Arundel and Petworth.

The ward has 22 beds and cares for children and young people aged 0-18 years. The patients cared for have a wide range of acute and long term conditions or illnesses such as respiratory issues, broken bones, mental health issues, cystic fibrosis and leukaemia.

There is also a Children’s Assessment Unit within the ward which cares for patients referred from GP surgeries, the Emergency Department and also that that require routine procedures such as blood tests or food challenges.

Visit the St.Richard’s Hospital website


Peanut Ward, Queen Victoria Hospital East Grinstead

The children’s services at Queen Victoria Hospital include a 24/7 paediatric surgical and burns service for children from six months to 16 years old, along with a day ward and in-patients service for a wide range of operations, both planned and urgent.

The Peanut Ward has nine beds with a specially trained team of nurses, surgeons, paediatricians, anaesthetists and healthcare staff with separate areas for teenagers, children and babies. The unit provides specialist plastic, burns, face and eye care for children.

The expert paediatric team provides a relaxed and friendly atmosphere for children and their carers throughout their stay.

The service is supported by paediatric consultants from The Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital with which QVH has a formal partnership and work closely together.

Visit the Queen Victoria Hospital website

Crawley Hospital

Crawly Hospital is located near to Crawley town centre and offers a range of paediatric outpatient clinic to support children with a variety of conditions.

These include specialist support for children with cystic fibrosis, diabetes, epilepsy, respiratory conditions, ophthalmology and audiology conditions and issues around puberty and growth.

They also offer some day surgery services.

Visit the Crawley Hospital website

Conquest Hospital Hastings

Conquest Hospital has services supports babies and children around the Hastings area.

Their Special Care Baby Unit provides special care for babies needing extra help and support and has a specialist team to support patients and their parents along with two parents’ rooms for familied near to being discharged.

The hospital also has the 21 bed Kipling Ward, a general medical and surgical ward for children from birth to 16, or up to 19 if they have additional complex needs.

Children and young people with mental health issues are also admitted and supported by specialist paediatricians and mental health services.

Visit the Conquest Hospital website


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