PATIENTS who are seriously injured are to get better emergency care after a hospital was accredited as a trauma unit.
St Richard’s Hospital is part of the county-wide Sussex Trauma Network.
The Chichester site and Worthing Hospital, which has also been accredited, will provide emergency care for all but the most seriously injured patients.
The sites must be able to treat these patients if it is not possible to get them to a major trauma centre within 45 minutes or if they need to be stabilised quickly.
They will also provide ongoing treatment and rehabilitation close to home for patients discharged from the major centre.
Western Sussex Hospital NHS Trust had to show its ability to handle serious emergency cases to gain trauma unit status.
Dr Amanda Wellesley, the trust’s accident and emergency lead, said: ‘Gaining this status is a great vote of confidence in the quality of care we provide and will mean more patients can be cared for closer to home.’