05 March 2015, North

First patients welcomed into the new Eltham Community Hospital

The first patients have been welcomed to the two intermediate care wards at Eltham's new Community Hospital, marking the arrival of the first of a wide range of primary and community care services that will be provided from this new state-of-the-art facility.

Eltham Community Hospital; providing a wide raneg of primary & community care services

Between now and the end of the summer, the modern two storey building in Passey Place, Eltham, will become home to a wide range of services:

  • GP Practices, Eltham Palace Surgery and the Eltham Medical Practice.
  • Mental health services.
  • Phlebotomy.
  • Therapies.
  • Podiatry.
  • Children's services.
  • Minor procedures.
  • Outpatient care.
  • Support for people with long term conditions.

Linking with Eltham's historical past

During the final phases of the building's construction local residents were given the opportunity to submit name suggestions for the two new wards. After careful consideration by the judging panel, the following two winning names were chosen because of their strong historical local links with Eltham's past:

  • The Fergusson Ward fondly remembers Dr Fergusson, who was based at the old Cottage Hospital (which occupied the new hospital's Passey Place site from the 1880s).
  • The Nesbit Ward celebrates the famous author Edith Nesbit, who wrote The Railway Children whilst living at Well Hall in Eltham from 1899 to 1922.

A prize giving ceremony is being held for the competition winners on 17 March.  The name Nesbit was so popular that a prize draw of the top three names had to take place to identify the winners.

A grand opening is being planned for the summer when all the services are established to celebrate a long held vision becoming a reality. We are really proud of this achievement, which will improve patient care for local people, and we thank all our partners in working so hard with us to make this a reality.