Purley War Memorial Hospital

Following a £11.15m refurbishment, which preserved many of the historic building’s original features, Purley War Memorial Hospital reopened in 2013.

It is now the Trust’s satellite hospital in the south of Croydon - a 21st century outpatient facility offering a modern, welcoming environment, offering services that do not need an overnight stay. It does not have any in-patient beds.

Blood tests - walk in service

The blood test (phlebotomy) service can be used by anyone who has been sent by their GP or other medical professional for a test. No appointment is needed to use this service - simply turn up and wait. A ticket system is used

The service is usually busy early in the day, so unless you have been told that you must have your blood taken at a certain time, you may find that waiting
times are shorter in the afternoon.

Monday – Friday (excluding Bank Holidays)
Between 7am - 12pm and 1pm - 4.45pm (closed at lunchtimes)

For more on this service see information about our Phlebotomy (blood test) service

X-Ray, DEXA (bone density) and ultrasound (diagnostic services)

Purley Hospital’s diagnostic services can be used by anyone who has been sent by their GP or other medical professional - you need a referral to use
these services. The hospital offers digital X-Ray, DEXA (bone density) and ultrasound scans and can be used as an alternative to travelling to Croydon University Hospital. You will be given an appointment by your healthcare professional to use these services.

For more information on this service see inofmation about our diagnostic imaging service

Outpatient clinics

If you are referred to one of our outpatient clinics by a GP or other medical professional and you would like to come to Purley War Memorial Hospital (instead of Croydon University Hospital), please discuss this with your GP or consultant we will try to accommodate where possible.
However, caring for your health will always be prioritised over the location of your appointment, and urgent cases receive the first available appointment even if this is not in Purley. 

We offer outpatient appointments for a number of services including:

  • Audiology (hearing) 
  • Cardiology 
  • Colorectal
  • Continence 
  • Ear nose and throat
  • Gynaecology 
  • Obstretics and midwifery - antenatal and postnatal
  • Eye clinics by Moorfields
  • Pain Management
  • Physiotherapy
  • Podiatry
  • Vascular surgery

Our services also offer a number of additional clinics at Purley including: 

  • DRSS - Diabetic retinopathy screening (eye clinic)
  • Cardiac (heart) monitoring – 24 hour ECG & echocardiogram
  • Chest pain clinic
  • Dietetics
  • Respiratory clinic
  • Continence clinic
  • Heart failure clinic

How to get there

Purley War Memorial Hospital

856 Brighton Road,


Surrey CR8 2YL

By rail

Situated in central Purley the nearest stations are: 

Purley: 6 minutes walk
Purley Oaks:25 minutes walk, 13 minutes walk and bus
Reedham: 20 minutes walk, 8 minutes walk and bus
Riddlesdown: 33 minutes walk

By bus

The hospital is well served by a number of routes including numbers 60, 166, 407, 412 and 466 which stop outside. Buses 127, 289, 405, 434 and 455 also stop within a couple of minutes’ walk of the hospital.

View live bus departures from a stop of your choice by visiting the TfL buses page.

Parking at the hospital

All parking on the Purley site has been reserved for patients, but there are a limited number of parking bays on site.

Drivers or passengers in possession of a valid Blue Badge can park in disabled spaces free of charge. If the disabled spaces are in use, Blue Badge holders can use other spaces but must pay the hourly car park charges.

There are a further 484 car parking spaces at the Purley Multistorey Car Park and Russell Place Car Park run by Croydon Council. Both are within a couple of minutes’ walk from the hospital. Details are available on the Council's website

Purley War Memorial GP hub

Purley War Memorial Hospital GP Hub

From April 2017, three ‘GP Hubs’ opened across the borough to treat children and adults with urgent care needs.  The new ‘Hubs’, including the one at Purley Hospital, which has replaced the Minor Injuries Unit, are open from 8am to 8pm 365 days a year. They can treat both minor injuries and minor illnesses. 

People should call NHS 111 for an assessment to book an urgent appointment at a GP Hub.  The hubs also offer walk-in services, but the NHS is encouraging people to ‘phone before you go’ to make sure you access the most appropriate service.

NHS 111 is staffed by highly-trained health advisors to direct people to the best medical care depending on their symptoms – including the GP Hubs where appropriate. NHS 111 is available 24 hours a day and is free to call from landlines or mobiles,

Appointments at any of the new GP Hubs will be available to people living and working in Croydon if they are unable to get an appointment with their own GP.

The improved services are part of a new contract with NHS Croydon Clinical Commissioning Group and the Croydon Urgent Care Alliance – a coalition of hospital doctors, nurses and local GPs.  This means, that for the first time, emergency and urgent care services will be working together to provide more coordinated care and support right across the borough.  It also means patients and GPs within the Hubs will benefit by having more services closer at hand.

The two other GP hubs are: 

  • East Croydon Medical Centre at 59 Addiscombe Road, Croydon CR0 6SD (open from 8am-8pm 365 days a year, this has replaced the Edridge Road walk-in service)
  • Parkway Health Centre, Parkway, New Addington CR0 0JA (open from 8am-8pm 365 days a year)

Visit: 111 page on NHS Choices.

Moorfields Eye Hospital

Moorfields Eye Hospital offers clinics at this hospital for patients using their services. These clinics are managed by Moorfields.

Call 020 8401 3128
Visit: www.moorfields.nhs.uk

Keston Medical Practice

Located on the first floor of the hospital, Keston Medical Practice offers a full general practice service to patients living in Purley, South Croydon, Kenley
and Coulsdon; they are open from 7am – 7pm Monday to Friday. The team consists of seven GPs, three senior nurses, a nurse prescriber and an advanced nurse practitioner. The practice also offers specialist clinics for children, pregnant women, and patients with chronic diseases such as diabetes and asthma. To register with the practice you will need to complete a registration form available from their reception.
Call 020 8660 8292.
Visit: www.kestonmedical.nhs.uk