Kent and Sussex Hospital

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Kent and Sussex Hospital
Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust
Kent and Sussex Hospital
Location Tunbridge Wells, Kent, England, United Kingdom
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Care system National Health Service
Funding Public hospital
Hospital type District General
Emergency department Yes Accident & Emergency
Beds 281
Founded 1934
Closed 21 September 2011
Lists Hospitals in England

The Kent and Sussex Hospital was a district general hospital located on Mount Ephraim in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, England serving the West Kent and East Sussex areas. It closed on 21 September 2011 and was replaced by The Tunbridge Wells Hospital in Pembury, nearly three miles from the town.

The hospital provided 281 beds.,[1] mostly in "Nightingale" wards, i.e. with rows of beds on either side of the room.


The Kent and Sussex Hospital was built on the site of a mansion called Great Culverden House, designed by Decimus Burton.[2]

The hospital building was designed by Cecil Burns, a local architect, and opened in 1934. The foundation stone had been laid in 1932 by the contemporary Duchess of York, later to become Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother.[2] The original building was surrounded by lawns on three sides, but the hospital has expanded upwards and outwards several times over the decades. This included the installation of six wartime emergency huts shortly after the hospital's completion; four of these huts were still in use as wards when the hospital closed,[2] on 21 September 2011.[3]


Services available at the hospital prior to its closure included:[4]

  • Accident & Emergency
  • Breast surgery
  • Cardiology services
  • Endocrinology and metabolic medicine services
  • Ear, nose & throat services
  • General surgery
  • Gastroenterology and hepatology services
  • Neurology services
  • Orthopaedics services
  • Podiatry services
  • Respiratory medicine services
  • Self-harm services
  • Vascular surgery

Future of the hospital site

Planning permission was granted to redevelop the hospital site for a mix of housing, offices and a school in December 2012.[5] This development is now under construction.

See also


  1. Dr Foster Health
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Kent and Sussex Courier
  3. "Kent & Sussex Hospital A&E handover as new site opens". BBC News Online. Retrieved 21 September 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. "Former Kent and Sussex Hospital site". DHA Planning. Retrieved 7 August 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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