Call 01293 600469


This page is for professionals working within agencies such as police, health and social care, local authorities and the public sector who may wish to refer visitors to the SARC or familiarise themselves with our services.

For further information on appointments or training from our SARC, please get in touch by calling 01293 600469 (Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm) and 0330 223 0099 outside of working hours.

You can also email us at (email is monitored from 9am-5pm Monday to Friday).

Our services

Our services are for people ages 14 years and older.

To refer someone to our service, call us on 0330 223 0099 at any time. Our comprehensive range of services includes:

  • Immediate over-the-phone support and referrals to specialist services
  • In-person crisis support and healthcare including access to medicine
  • Forensic medical examinations
  • Collection and storage of forensic samples
  • Comprehensive Risk Assessments
  • Referrals to specialist counselling and Independent Sexual Violence Advisors (ISVA) support
  • Follow-up calls after an appointment

You will be offered these services based on your individual needs and you can choose to use as much or as little of our service as you wish.

Visitors need an appointment before attending the SARC in person. Please call us to make an appointment.

Partner service for children 13 and younger

The Sussex children’s SARC (named Pebble House) for ages 13 years and younger is in Brighton and is run by Sussex Community NHS Trust. To learn more about their services click below or call 01273 242288.

Before an appointment

A patient may have been asked by The Saturn Centre or another professional to not wash their body or drink hot liquids before an appoint­ment. This is to help preserve forensic evidence. The comfort of our patients is most important so if this has happened don’t worry, they can still attend an appointment.

An appointment may last for 2 to 5 hours depending on the care and support needed so visitors may want to wear or bring some comfy clothes to change in to. During the appointment patients will be offered the opportunity to shower following the examination and can also change clothes then.

If you are bringing a patient to the SARC for an appointment, please try to arrive on time. If you think you are going to be early or late please contact us to let the staff know.

Forensic Medical Examinations

Medical examinations are conducted by our highly skilled and compassionate female nurses. 

Depending on when the incident happened, patients may be offered the option to have a forensic medical examination that includes checking for any physical injuries and collecting forensic samples. If an examination is something they are considering, it is best to contact us as soon as possible.

We offer to collect forensic samples even if a client does not want to involve the police at the time. This gives clients the option to have forensic evidence if they choose to report the incident at a later date. In this instance all samples will be stored at our SARC for 2 years.

During the examination the nurse and crisis worker will regularly check in with the patient to make sure they are ok and want to continue. Patients are in control and can have a break or stop the examination at any point. 

After the examination patients have the option of having a shower at the centre and we provide a care bag which has items such as shampoo and a toothbrush. We also provide clothing to change into if a patient’s clothing has been taken as evidence.


After an appointment

After an appointment, professionals and clients can contact us at any time to ask questions or to get further help and support. 

With their permission, one of our nurses will call the client 6 weeks after their appointment to check in and make sure they have been contacted by the referral services recommended for them.

Get in contact
with us

Make an

Call our 24/7/365 telephone to make an appointment:

0330 223 0099


All referrals from Police and professionals should be made by telephone:

01293 600469


Visit our resources page to find our leaflet and information on other helpful services.