Edenbridge War Memorial Hospital was founded in 1930 from public subscription as a Memorial to the dead of the first World War.
It has served the district continuously since then and is highly regarded by the public and staff for the excellence of its facilities and the standard of the care provided.
In the last few years it has been completely renovated and all the equipment upgraded with funds provided by the NHS and the League of Friends.
It is situated at the south end of the Town with ample free car parking and provides a base for all the community services. The other services provided on site are listed below.
The telephone switchboard is manned from 0800-1700 weekdays, but enquiries about in patients can be dealt with at other times by the ward staff on one of the lines :
(01732 862137 or 01732 863164)
Minor Injury Unit (MIU)
The Unit is very well equipped and is open from 8.30am to 6.30pm every day throughout the year. No appointment is necessary.
The department is run by a team of dedicated, fully qualified Emergency Nurse Practitioners (ENPs) who book in, diagnose and treat as required, referring to the appropriate speciality at the major hospitals as necessary. X ray is also available for minor fractures.
The A&E Consultant attends every Tuesday morning to review the weeks work and to do minor operations.
Please note: Children under age one year of age cannot be treated.
Every day ( including weekends and most Bank Holidays ) from 8.30am to 6.30pm our Nurse Practitioners will also treat minor ailments such as coughs, colds, ear, nose and throat infections and urinary tract infections. As with the MIU, this is a walk-in facility.
Consultant Out Patient Services
Consultants attend regularly in the following specialties:
- Ear Nose and Throat (ENT) 2 sessions per month
- Dermatology 2 sessions per month
- Orthopaedics 1 session per month
- Paediatrics 2 sessions per month
- Gynaecology 2 sessions per month
- Ophthalmology 2 session per month
- Geriatrics 2 sessions per month
- Psychiatry 2 sessions per month
- Drug and Alcohol misuse 1 session per week
- Dietician 2 sessions per month
The Day Centre
This is financed jointly by Sevenoaks Social Services and the Primary Care Trust, and deals with patients’ physical and mental health. The Centre is headed by a senior occupational therapist and staffed by Activities Assistants.
Patients benefit from a very well equipped physiotherapy department of 80 square metres and an administrative office, recently updated by the League of Friends at a cost of £60,000. The department sees both new and follow up patients, from the wider district and from the hospital wards.
Conditions treated include knee problems, low back pain, and shoulder disability, necks, hand/wrist problems, foot problems, hip pain, joint replacements, balance and gait problems, joint and limb pains and sprains, chest problems and rehabilitation following surgery.
This is a well-equipped department, dealing mostly with urgent housebound patients with medical conditions.
The X-ray department is an integral part of the Hospital. 2009 saw the installation of a state of the art digital X-ray machine and table. There is a brand new Kodak Direct View CR850 CR Digital Reader and COINS fibre optic cable. Digital images are transferred between Edenbridge Hospital and Queen Victoria Hospital at East Grinstead and other hospitals as required.
X-Ray opening hours are:
Monday, Wednesday and Friday
9am – 1pm and 2pm to 5pm
Closed Saturdays & Sundays
Audiology (Hearing testing)
A new sound proof booth has been installed by the League of Friends, and the department is fully equipped.
There are 15 new fully flexible beds, situated between 2/3 person wards and some single en-suite rooms. The League of Friends have recently installed new TV’s at every bed, with headphones such that patients do not disturb those wishing for peace and quiet.
Social & Community Services
There is also a Social Worker attached to the Hospital. Midwives, Health Visitors, District Nurses and the Children’s’ department operate from their own offices and clinic rooms. This facilitates the close integration of Community Services with each other and General Practice and the Hospital Services for the benefit of all our patients.
The District Nurse Service is designed to provide nursing input where the patient is housebound either through illness or immobility. Patients are being discharged earlier from hospital, and patients with long term and chronic disease are being cared for more in the Community setting to avoid hospital admission. The Edenbridge team is led by a full time Team Leader.
Speech and Language Therapy
A Speech and Language Therapist works part-time at Edenbridge Hospital.