Up to five hospitals could be left without any acute surgery or medical facilities under proposals being considered by the NHS in West Sussex.

Up to five hospitals could be left without any acute surgery or medical facilities under proposals being considered by the NHS in West Sussex.

Crawley Hospital, Southlands Hospital in Shoreham and Brighton General Hospital would all lose acute facilities under each of the four options being looked at. The Princess Royal Hospital in Haywards Heath, Worthing Hospital and St Richard's in Chichester could also lose acute services.

The options are in a briefing sent to NHS staff in West Sussex and may change before they go to public consultation later this year. They are:

  • St Richard's retains acute services, Worthing and possibly the Princess Royal lose them;
  • Worthing keeps acute services but St Richard's and the Princess Royal lose them;
  • hospitals in Brighton and Worthing work more closely together;
  • hospitals in Chichester and Worthing work more closely together.

All the options aim to save around£70m.

Conservative MP for East Worthing and Shoreham Tim Loughton welcomed the inclusion of partnership working but added: 'Southlands Hospital faces downgrading under all the options?and the threat to Worthing is still very real.'

The proposals are part of a wider reconfiguration process which also covers Surrey and East Sussex.