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The Purley Refurbishment

Purley frontage

Purley War Memorial Hospital reopened in July 2013 after an £ 11.15m refurbishment. The hospital sees around 3,000 patients each month with plans to increase this to 7,500 per month by the end of March 2014. The hospital is now a 21st century healthcare facility  a new centre for integrated care services that brings care closer to home to thousands of people. 

The original cottage hospital was built in 1909. Health services have traditionally been provided at Croydon University Hospital in the north of the borough. With the national aspiration to provide more services in the community, closer to people’s own homes, Purley War Memorial Hospital offered an unrivalled opportunity to develop more services for people in south Croydon.

The Trust applied to the Department of Health for funding to refurbish the site and develop the services and work began in the Autumn of 2012. The main physical rebuild of the hospital was completed by the end of July 2013, with services gradually phased in through to the end of August.

Current services in Purley include:

  • New Physiotherapy and diabetic retinopathy (a test for an eye disease caused by diabetes).
  • Expanded imaging service with ultrasound, x-ray and dexa (a type of x-ray used primarily for bone scans).

Future services which will be available to patients will include:

  • State of the art eye clinic,
    • A ‘one stop shop’ for speciality cardiac care and long term conditions.
  • New GP practice.

For patients in the south of the borough, Purley War Memorial Hospital ensures that they no longer need to travel to the acute hospital for a blood test, diagnostic or a minor injury or illness. Their treatment can be provided closer to home. Staff can enjoy a refurbished and modern working environment, including up to date technology to support efficient working and service delivery. 

What patients have told us

“…I am a resident of Purley and as a cardiac patient have need to make use of local healthcare facilities from time to time…Much thought has gone into the design of the new facilities including the size of the patient consultation rooms which seem to have extra space to accommodate equipment and still retain a comfort feeling for the patients. The main entrance of course is the biggest alteration to the buildings and is going to provide excellent facilities to arriving patients….This refurbishment appears to have involved everything from major structural alterations including the main entrance to the finer details such as interior decoration…a facility that Purley can be proud of.”


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