Brighton has all the NHS amenities you'd expect from a large city, being home to both a county and local general hospital. The local council also invests a lot into mental health and wellbeing initiatives throughout the year, which have proven to be fun and effective.
You'll also spot that there are a wide variety of complementary therapies available across Brighton, all listed below!
There are 3 big hospitals in Brighton covered by two different trusts. Royal Sussex and Royal Alexandra (Children's) are both run by Brighton & Sussex University Hospitals, whilst Brighton General is run by the Sussex Community Foundation Trust. The Royal Sussex and Royal Alexandra are both on Eastern Road in Kemptown, and have an A&E department as well as a specialist eye hospital.
The Royal Sussex recently got a "Requires Improvement" rating, with A&E (adults), Intensive Care and Outpatients all being rated as inadequate, meaning that enforcement action has been taken against the hospital. The children's hospital, however, received an "Outstanding" rating, along with a "Good" rating for end of life care.
There are around 50 GP surgeries around the city, with 7 of them getting reviews of under 67% and 12 of them with ratings over 89%. One thing that is definitely worth a mention is the 24hr, no appointment needed, walk-in clinic to see a doctor or practise nurse at the Brighton Station Health Centre - you don't even need to be registered with a local GP.
In an emergency, you can of course call 999. If you just want information and advice, feel free to call 111, who will arrange an emergency appointment or call an ambulance if it's deemed necessary.
Recently Brighton & Hove council have invested quite a lot of funding into mental wellbeing events, with a focus on promoting mental health and general wellbeing.
The Brighton & Hove CCG offers a 24/7 mental health rapid response service (01273242220), with urgent referrals being seen within 4 hours and the Sussex Mental Healthline (03005 000101) runs out of hours and weekends to provide support and information to anyone experiencing mental health problems, or those caring for them personally or professionally.
Of course, you can also always call the Samaritans on 01273772277 - they are open 24/7.
Another demonstration of Brighton's alternative and relaxed atmosphere - complementary therapists and practitioners are abundant in Brighton, offering acupuncture, massages, homeopathy, osteopathy and personal holistic training to name but some of the most common. There are also therapies that are more focused on mental wellbeing too, including hypnotherapy and talking therapies.
New England Street, North Laine and Kemptown house several practitioners, with more over in Hove and a bit further afield.
There is also an integrated GP practice and complementary therapy centre on Western Road, the Brighton Health & Wellbeing Centre, one of the first of it's kind. It's currently being reworked and integrated into the Echo Health Coop, but you can still access all the therapists from the website.