Brighton’s main hospital trust is to recruit nurses from abroad because it cannot attract enough home-grown staff.
Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust has previously recruited nurses and doctors from places such as Ireland, India and the Philippines.
The trust, which runs the Royal Sussex County Hospital, promised to help nurses from overseas to integrate on and off duty when they arrive.
Chief nurse Sherree Fagge said in a newsletter to staff: “We are all aware of the current nursing pressures.
“Some of this is due to changes in activity, dependency and acuity of our patients, increased nursing templates to meet national recommendations and site reconfiguration.”
Work has started on a £420 million modernisation of the Royal Sussex.
Sherree Fagge said: “To help cope with these pressures, in the first nine months of this year we have recruited more nurses than at the same point last year but local and national recruitment is not attracting enough staff.
“Therefore, a decision has been made to recruit nurses from Europe and the Philippines and over the next few months this will be taking place.
“We will be discussing this further at all nursing meetings as it is essential that we all support the new nurses clinically and socially to integrate into BSUH when they arrive.”