Milford Hospital is the centre of excellence for elderly care and rehabilitation for the Waverley and Guildford area. There are two 17 bed wards and the possibility of using a third ward to relieve winter bed blocking at the acute hospitals. The wards are divided into 4 and 5 bedded units and single en suite rooms. Patients are helped back to independent or supported living by the multi-disciplinary team of doctors, nurses, physio-, occupational- and speech and language therapists. The hospital is set in lovely grounds and has a secluded courtyard garden much enjoyed by patients and their visitors.
The hospital also offers day rehabilitation facilities for continuing care upon discharge or for GP referrals. The local rapid response team is based at Milford with a remit for intervention that will prevent emergency hospital admission by arranging an appropriate and immediate short term care package. Patients of any age can be referred by their GP to the X-ray unit.
Originally opened in 1928 as a TB sanatorium, it has been transformed over the years into a chest hospital, a hospital for the elderly and now a smaller rehabilitation unit. In 2014, two of its patients from its time as a TB hospital were commemorated by a plaque installed by the Comedy Society of Great Britain: Ray Simpson and Alan Galton started their comedy writing career whilst patients at Milford and went on to write such classics as Hancock’s Half Hour and Steptoe and Son.