Milford Hospital Pre 1985
Milford Hospital was opened in 1928, originally as a TB Sanatorium serving the South East with Medical, Surgical and Diagnostics. It then became a general Chest Hospital before the wards were adapted for elderly and psycho geriatric cases. As late as 1978 it was still known locally as "Milford Chest".
1985 saw the Hospital rebuilt as an 80 bed unit with modern single storey linked wards, the introduction of specialist geriatricians, and plans to phase out long stay beds and develop rehabilitation beds for patients following an acute episode in the Royal Surrey County Hospital (RSCH) or from home (referrals being from hospital or GP).
Following Rehabilitation, patients, after three weeks or up to three months, were discharged home with a care package or to a care or nursing home. Patients were followed up in the day hospital which later developed into the Milford Assessment & Rehabilitation Centre (MARC).
The Stroke Unit was set up in the late 1990s including six dedicated stroke interdisciplinary rehabilitation beds. The Day Hospital (MARC) has highly developed skills dealing with Stroke, Respiratory and Cardiac conditions. Groups have also been established dealing with Rehabilitation, Falls, Parkinson's Disease and Incontinence. Carers support is also available.
The hospital ward buildings are set in beautiful grounds with many trees, some of which are rare to this country. It is a perfect place for patients to recover from the trauma of stroke and, unlike an acute hospital setting, a place where staff have the time and space to provide the level of specialist nursing care required.
The future of the hospital has been uncertain over the recent past due to proposals put forward by the former Guildford and Waverley Primary Care Trust (PCT). However, the successor body, Surrey Health have implemented new proposals which have enabled Milford Hospital to be improved and continue to provide an essential service. This new approach is welcomed by patients and staff alike and, for the latter is a welcome relief after years of uncertainty. The future for the hospital, patients and the ever loyal staff is bright.