Books and Christmas Cards


Christmas Cards

Christmas Christmas Cards with a local theme, designed by artists in Brighton & Hove, will be available during November and December.  Check back for details of how to buy and see the striking new designs. Artists:  Friends of Brighton & Hove Hospitals are always looking for new designs for Christmas Cards. Designs should reflect Brighton & Hove and be a standard card size.   The Friends will produce and print the cards. Please submit designs to  For further information please speak to Suzy on 01273 664936. 

Each September our Trustees identify the images they most like from those submitted at any time in the year. Although we are not able to pay artists for their work, we do offer them several packs for their personal use and print all contact details on the back of each card.


Hospital History Books

Local historian and former NHS administrator Harry Gaston (1930 – 2016) wrote about many aspects of health care in Sussex. These fascinating histories open a window to a time gone by, shedding light on the fear of the workhouse, the arrival of the NHS and the once busy hospitals which have now closed.  Details are below and copies of each title can be bought from the Friends – order form below. 

We are delighted to be able to offer for sale the first written history of the Royal Sussex County Hospital. All copies sold will benefit the Friends. Copies are now available at a REDUCED PRICE of £10 from our office using the order form at the bottom of this web page.

Opened in 1828, Sussex County Hospital and Sea Bathing Infirmary was the first purpose built hospital in Sussex.
The story of the hospital follows the social history and development of healthcare in Brighton & Hove over the last 200 years. From financial crises to medical breakthroughs, the advent of the NHS to the construction of the Millennium Wing, these are the stories of the staff and patients at a remarkable Brighton institution.

'A rare insight into the vision and determination of generations of dedicated men and women who cared for their local community,' Baroness Julia Cumberlege.


Lavishly illustrated, The Alex Story contains historic black and white photographs and two chapters of full colour photographs of the final days of Brighton's Children's Hospital on Dyke Road.

The Alex Story, price £12, is available to buy using the order form at the bottom of this web page.

A hundred years ago a dozen women died in childbirth every day. Hospitals were particularly dangerous places as many women succumbed to childbed fever. The original Sussex Maternity Hospital did not actually admit women, preferring to send midwives to deliver them in their own homes. Today the Royal Sussex County Hospital deals with the vast majority of confinements locally in the labour wards of its maternity department. Brighton Born Sussex Bred tells how this change took place.


Fully illustrated, the book traces the history of the maternity wards at three Brighton hospitals, showing how hospitals have become the preferred choice for many women whilst aLos providing specialist midwives for women preferring a home birth. Also included are the experiences of mothers and midwives from the 1950's to the 1980's as they tell their birth stories.

Brighton Born Sussex Bred, price £12.00, can be bought using the order form at the bottom of this web page.

"A Lingering Fear" addresses the ongoing legacy of 19th Century workhouses, which lasted well into the 20th Century. Costing £12.50, copies are available via the order form at the bottom of this webpage.


Lost Hospitals of Brighton and Hove examines the history and eventual fate of those hospitals which have closed: Bevendean, Foredown, Hove General, Lady Chichester, New Sussex Hospital for Women, Sussex Maternity and the Sussex Throat and Ear. There may be copies available in local bookshops, online or in Brighton & Hove libraries.

A rare insight into the vision and determination of generations of dedicated men and women who cared for their local community.

Baroness Julia Cumberlege

Contact the Friends Office 

37 St George's Road
Brighton BN2 1ED

T: 01273 66 4936 

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