​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Eltham Community Hospital


Eltham Community Hospital Film​


​​​​​​​​​Official openin​g of the new Eltham Community Hospital​

On 17 September 2015, we celebrated the official opening of the new community hospital by Mr Clive Efford, Member of Parliament for Eltham.

Dr Nayan Patel, GP Clinical Commissioner, honoured the work of the old cottage hospital by dedicating a plaque to Jack and Ellen Oliver in recognition of the friendship and service they gave over many years to the old Eltham Cottage Hospital, which originally stood on the site. Mr and Mrs Trevor Lendon were there to see Trevor’s grandfather and grandmother’s plaque unveiled.​

We also welcomed Mrs Dinah Fergusson, widow of Dr Fergusson, whose husband served the hospital and local community over many years and was so fondly thought of by the people of Eltham that they voted that one of the wards should be named after him.
During the evening we then shared the excitement of the new hospital and its excellent facilities. Many people were thanked for the immense contribution they had made to the project being a success.

In particular volunteer Judy Smith, MBE, South Greenwich Forum, was thanked and presented with a bouquet. Artwork is already on the walls from students of local schools, Eltham Hill School, St Thomas More Catholic School, Newhaven School, Corelli College Co-operative Academy and Stationers Crown Woods Academy, all made possible by Judy. She also worked with colleagues Sue Bennett and John Kennet, from the hospital’s Arts and History Group to produce the plaque outside the front of the hospital, which details the history of the site.
The evening culminated in Nicola Theron, Community Health Partnerships Local Area Director, asking Mr Clive Efford to officially open the building. It was fitting that he should do this having supported this development for local people over many years.
Everyone is proud that the hospital is now busy offering a broad range of high quality services to the people of Greenwich.

What's available at the new hospital

The first patients were welcomed to the two intermediate care wards at Eltham's new Community Hospital in March, mar​king the arrival of the first of a wide range of primary and community care services that are now being provided from this new state-of-the-art facility.

Eltham Community Hospital is located at Passey Place, Eltham, London SE9 5DQ. Click here for Google Maps link.
The number for the reception at Eltham Community Hospital is 020 3049 0400.

This modern two storey building in Passey Place, Eltham, is 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
  • outpatient care
  • support for people with long term conditions.

Eltham Community Hospital is a purpose-built NHS hospital bringing together GPs, nurses and social care under one roof.  The hospital enables the delivery of high quality, integrated clinical and community services that meet the needs of people across the borough of Greenwich.  The hospital features two GP practices, Eltham Medical Practice and Eltham Palace Surgery, 40 intermediate care beds, out-patient consulting rooms and a state-of-the-art x-ray suite.

Greenwich Intermediate Care Unit

The Greenwich Intermediate Care Unit (GICU) moved from the Bevan Unit to the new Eltham Community Hospital in March and ​patients will no longer be transferred to Bevan Unit.  If you have any questions or require any further information please do not hesitate to contact Suki Basi, Modern Matron on 07795 046 715 or the new ward directly on 020 3049 0450 or via fax on 020 8850 7302.

The name the wards competition

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, a shortlist was drawn up based on those names put forward that had strong historical local links with Eltham's past. 

The public then voted for the final two:

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

Eltham News​​

Read local media coverage about:

Read our announcement on the opening date of Eltham Community Hospital
Read about voting on the final two names for the wards in Eltham Community Hospital​​
Read about VIP guests' first-hand visit to Eltham Community Hospital​ 
Read about the contract signing giving the Green light to Eltham Community Hospital

​The Eltham Community Hospital project team includes NHS Greenwich CCG, Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust, Lewisham and Greenwich Healthcare NHS Trust, BBG LIFT Company and Community Health Partnerships.