STRUCTURE: Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust is to be part of a national trauma network, the Department of Health has announced.

The Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton will be one of a network of 22 new centres specialising in treating patients who suffer from major trauma will open across England.

The 22 major trauma centres will operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week and be staffed by consultant-led specialist teams with access to the best state of the art diagnostic and treatment facilities.

Each centre will be supported by a network of local trauma units, responsible for treating less serious injuries such as fractures and minor head injuries.