Caterham Dene Hospital – a real community hub

Visited Caterham Dene Community Hospital on Friday to see the impact of the new Social Enterprise, First Community Health and Care. The hospital offers a walk-in-centre, a rapid assessment clinic and a rehabilitation ward, as well as staff who are passionate about improving healthcare within the local community. In particular, the level of care for patients and the amount of investment for the future health care of Caterham Dene residents was hugely inspirational. The Hospital is truly a community hub as well as a much needed resource, and the staff I met were keen to talk about how quickly they can innovate to meet their patients needs without having to wait for central diktats. This is fantastic news for East Surrey and for all who use the Hospital’s services.